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.
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.