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Wildestcat
01-16-2017, 10:15 AM
A picture is worth a thousand words ...
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Gammo
01-16-2017, 10:17 AM
Sell it to a modern art gallery. Probably get $100k for that.

mikeyb2
01-16-2017, 11:35 AM
A picture is worth a thousand words ...
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Ouch! looks like you're having the same kind of luck(bad) I've been having recently, Paul.

Dan Gleibitz
01-16-2017, 11:59 AM
I admire your persistence!

What are you bending there, ebony?

Wildestcat
01-16-2017, 09:30 PM
Indeed so. I progressively tried every trick and combination I know - dry, wet, soaked in fabric conditioner, hot iron, hotter iron, hottest possible iron, wrapped in wet linen, with backing slat, without backing slat, all four taped together, taped in twos, singly .... all ended in disaster. I've hand bent ebony before on a couple of guitars and a tenor uke without any real issue - difficult yes, but it didn't break. I think I was sold a batch of binding with a poor grain orientation. Very hard to tell where the grain runs in ebony! Anyway after wrecking the ebony, thankfully my prospective client has now settled on Cherry instead :)

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ksquine
01-20-2017, 06:35 AM
Sell it to a modern art gallery. Probably get $100k for that.

I wonder if Jackson Pollock ever worked in ebony binding

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
01-20-2017, 12:12 PM
A picture is worth a thousand words ...
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How thick are those?? Usually bindings are 2mm, or .080"

saltytri
01-20-2017, 12:59 PM
I'm sure Beau's right about .080" being the usual thickness. My way of doing things is to use thinner bindings of about .062". I've never had a problem with ebony at that thickness but maybe that's because I haven't been sold bad stuff like you were. With wood that isn't figured, I bend on the machine and then touch up on the pipe and it all works out with only occasional disasters.

Anyway, sorry to see you had that problem!

saltytri
01-20-2017, 01:00 PM
Deleted. For some reason this was double posted.

kohanmike
01-20-2017, 02:37 PM
Wow, didn't realize the difficulty making binding. I had this done recently by Bruce Wei Arts in Vietnam with spalted mango binding, I wonder how many pieces they had to go through.

http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/Spalted done binding.jpg

Wildestcat
01-20-2017, 09:57 PM
How thick are those?? Usually bindings are 2mm, or .080"

Hi Beau. They were the normal 2 mm x 6 mm. All the breaks were at an angle of about 45 degrees across the width, hence my suspicions about the grain.

Wildestcat
01-21-2017, 02:04 AM
Wow, didn't realize the difficulty making binding.

To be fair it isn't usually a problem - this is the first time in binding 28 instruments of varying types and sizes (including three with ebony) that I've ever had a non-recoverable issue. Having said that, your spalted mango looks quite a challenge!