Hybridizing Domingo Esteso’s Guitar Rosettes

Hybridized Guitar Rosette
Cooking two guitars rosettes…until flavors blend. That was basically what I was asked to do. To borrow the elements from two rosettes made by the legendary Spanish luthier Domingo Esteso, and create a hybrid of those originals. Border details from one, and the central mosaic from the other.
To produce the center mosaic, tiny slices of wood needed to be carefully planned, and glued together forming a “log” of square pixels. Each pixel, or dot, in the mosaic is only .5mm square. My eyes are still good, and I can always pray for more patience.
designing guitar rosette
Now it is taking shape! Can you recognize the details from both rosettes seen in the photo below? Do you know how many pieces of wood it took to create this rosette? I don’t. “Quite a few” is as close as I got to the answer.
Take a deep breath, sharpen the plane sharper than your shaving razor, and take some very thin shavings. Everything is nice and level now, with clean, perfect surface ready for the next step…
For those who are still reading, I wanted to mention a few words about Domingo Esteso (1882–1937). He lived and worked in Madrid, and received his lutherie training from Manuel Ramírez. Domingo Esteso’s nephews, Faustino, Mariano and Julio Conde, inherited his shop after his death, and became known as Conde Hermanos.
That’s all for for the rosette adventures for how. Thank you, Senor Esteso for providing inspiration. Your work is not forgotten. I have personally listened to (and played and restored) one of your guitars. I am impressed.


  1. Just amazing work, taking much patience as well as an ability to make artistic designs from small rods of colored woods.

  2. Peter is a Doctor of Flamenco and Classical guitars. He is probably one of the best luthiers alive nowadays!

  3. This type of thing is a conversation between the player and the maker. It is very satisfying to have in your hands such craftsmanship. Just like a newly clean car runs better, this guitar will be a pleasure to play.

  4. Peter!!! How do you work with such tiny minute pieces of wood? AMAZING….the force is strong with this one :)

  5. Beautiful work Peter! Your patience and diligence has rewarded you with fine results. Domingo Esteso’s work is certainly inspiring and you honor him with the integrity of your efforts.

  6. Thanks for taking the time to document and post – beautiful work; Domingo Esteso would be delighted to see your rosette

  7. Thank you so much, Peter. I loved reading about your passion and seeing the photographs! Keep it up!

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