We’ve been charging ahead, padding lacquer, brushing shellac, spraying lacquer, level sanding, and buffing. Meanwhile, We’ve been exploring basic color theory, matching sample colors and watching the effects of film finishes on color. I cannot wait to lacquer and buff my new guitar!
Repairs Class has gone swimmingly. We bring in instruments to repair, rework, and setup. We’re assigned points depending upon the tasks undertaken, and graded based upon previously observed standards. That is to say, we must do good work to pass. I’ve done two full fret dress/level/setups on a mandolin and purty little Larrivee Parlor guitar in the first two days. The mandolin went quickly and well, but the Larrivee had more issues.
Because we estimate our time per job, we also get to make a comparison between expected time and actual time on the bench. This is something I’ve never done at home. It actually felt great to haul butt and get some professional instrument work done. This really feels like where the rubber hits the road. I’m planning out the final two days of class, deciding whether to tackle a neck reset or just pack in some more fret dresses and setups. I’ve still got instruments at home that could benefit from some classwork.
In other news, my girlfriend flew out from Portland, Oregon for the weekend. We had a ball, played in the snow, and Mimi from Sea Wolf Tattoo Company gave me a beautiful cowgirl tattoo!