Many of the guitars that I have inlaid hold a story or a journey of the player, and the fingerboard plays a vital role. It is the link between two parts of the story. The part that is on the headstock, and the part that is on the rosette.

Very often I will complete the design for the rosette and the headstock, and will have to be a little patient for the linking story for the fingerboard to manifest. This suits me fine as generally I complete the body and the rosette…then the neck and fingerboard come after that.

Brazilian Rosewood Book-matched fingerboards:

I cut all my Brazilian Rosewood backs and sides out of beams I have collected, so I have a large supply of off- cuts, which I now use to create book-matched fingerboards flowing into headstocks.

For greater strength and resonance I glue these fingerboards onto ebony.