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Wood is the most important material making up a musical instrument, so here are a few samples.

Here is some of my wood.  Most of the hardwood is racked up here.  There is Blackwood, Myrtle, Walnut, various maples and King Billy Pine as well.

   

A pretty wild piece of Queensland Maple (thanks Rob).

   

A piece of highly figured Tasmanian Myrtle.

   

Flamed European Maple.

   

Birdseye Maple..

   

Flamed Rock Maple.

   

Quilted Big Leaf Maple slab.

   

Spruce (Red Spruce) and Maple (European) wedges.

 

   

Abalone strips and dots, bone and mother of pearl nuts.

 

   

Carbon fibre rods for neck re-inforcement.

 

   

Glues.  From left, hide glue, Triton Premium Woodworking Adhesive (used for bindings), Luthiers Mercantile Luthiers glue, epoxy, super glue, original Titebond, and Titebond II.  I used to use Titebond, but have switched to the LMI Luthiers glue because it dries rock hard and creeps less than Titebond.

   

Materials for spirit varnish.  Seedlac, Sadarac, Gum Mastic and Lavender spike oil.

 

   

Varnish, stains, clear pore filler, and pure Tung oil.

 

   

This is my varnishing table.  Various Shellac and spirit varnish mixtures, plus various other materials used for french polishing.