Inlay is the art of cutting various materials like shell, metals, stone, glass, and acrylic and making pictures or patterns with these materials. This is traced onto a surface like wood, then its carefully routed and set into place. Once flush the wood is like a background creating depth and dimension.
Inlay art is one of my strongest passions as it allows me to combine my skills in drawing, design, and fine hand work all in one. Every piece is hand selected for its reflective qualities or design aesthetic. From drawing to cutting and install, inlay is its own special art form which when applied to an instrument brings a real personal touch making each instrument truly custom. Works could be a significant date, name, something small on the 12th all the way to the highly ornate and elaborate works you can see on some of my instruments.
As with anything we make in the shop I will spend some time with you working through sketches and colour schemes to come up with the final design. You are always part of the builds from planning to finishing stages. Inlay is an intense process and can add some time to the build length depending on complexity. Every job is quoted individually and added to the build price.