• End pin installed on mandolin custom built by Craig Rantz, son of Mike Rantz, nephew of Joseph A. Rantz, jr., and grandson of Thula LaFollette

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I took this picture to show how nifty inlay looks with maple, ebony, and rosewood.

The end pin is ebony, the vertical strip is ebony, the binding is rosewood and the body, maple. Quite the contrast, eh? One must be cautious of “bleed” from rosewood, however!

This is where shellac really shines! The natural colors of the wood stand out beautifully.

The string tailpiece is affixed in position with only three very small wood screws. Those three screws hold 160 pounds of pressure, and will continue to do so many years after I’m gone! It’s remarkable how strong they are in this design parameter.

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