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As early as the 1700’s or earlier, rosettes were seen to be the signature of the maker. From incredibly fine mosaic to assorted filigree and marquetry pieces.

As a steel string guitar maker, for some time I followed the patterns of Martin, Gibson and others, mainly fine lines going round in circles. As my reputation has grown in the field of inlay, I have been asked to personalise many a guitar with something different.

Initially, as a maker from Africa, I wanted to do something which would show the African heritage, and that was the beginning of the Ndebele rosettes.

In working with shell inlays I became more and more aware of the the curves that exist on almost all shells, and became acquainted with the Fibonacci principles. If one looks at a shell, and many fruit, one sees this curve that occurs in nature…the Fibonacci curve.

I elicited the help of an organic architect to help me draw the curve in such a way that it could be used as a guitar rosette. This rosette is complex to execute but it has given me a bigger canvas, enabling me to personalise beautiful and unique guitars for my clients.