Pearl Inlay Book

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By James E. Patterson
Instructions for grinding, sawing, routing and gluing abalone and mother-of-pearl, and much more.

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By James E. Patterson
Instructions for grinding, sawing, routing and gluing abalone and mother-of-pearl, and much more.

The bible of pearl work! The inspiration for generations of inlay artists. Reprinted from the original edition, it includes instructions for grinding, sawing, routing and gluing abalone and mother-of-pearl; making jigs for cutting dots, diamonds and strips; abalone purfling techniques, and tips on pearl engraving.

Pearl Inlay Book is included FREE with these tool kits:
Pearl Cutting Jig Set
Essential Engraving Kit

Contents in brief

  • Safety; getting started
  • Inlay materials
  • Producing shell blanks
  • Sawboards and other tools and materials for sawing
  • Preparing the inlay surface
  • Tools and materials for cavity routing
  • Routing inlay cavities
  • Gluing inlays
  • Cutting and inlaying abalone border strips; binding and purfling
  • Engraving mother-of-pearl
  • Other inlay techniques
  • Selecting and working with shell

81 pages, softcover.

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Pearl Inlay Book

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Excellent book

By Jon Anderson from Saint Paul, MN
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, December 29, 2013

This is a most useful book. I would not say that it is a grand work of literature in terms of grammar and syntax, but this is hardly any hindrance to a careful reader's understanding. The information on technique, as well as the information on jigs and fixtures more that makes up for this. After reading, expect to have the knowledge to plan and attempt any normal and tasteful instrument inlay project. I have yet to see a comparable manual designed specifically for stringed instrument builders.

Good resource if you want to do pearl inlays

By Ron Daves from Aguanga, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 18, 2013

I haven't started doing any inlays, but this book appears to have everything I need in order to get started. I've purchased the recommended tools and some pearl and abalone. Looking forward to getting started.

pearl inlay book

By Elimchan Budakov from ukraina
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, November 29, 2012

thank you stewmac. excellent book

great for starters

By LOVE THIS from Miami Fla USA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, August 12, 2012

very nice good book

higher learning

By r.smith from Denver,Co.
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 28, 2012

after doing my research on the availability of info regarding the art of inlay,i decided to go with yourbook,"Pearl Inlay",by J.A.Patterson.i found the book very easy to understand,very informative,and very inspiring!the seagull on my guitar pickguard is my first attempt at inlay,and i`m proud as can be how it turned out!and,i have a new creative hobby,thanks stew-mac!

Not What I expected.....

By JVan from Granger,IN
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 29, 2011

Book was indeed somewhat helpful, but pretty vague on the subject and just touched the surface. I learned more from You tube!

Good basic guide

By n3066z from Rochester, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, August 27, 2011

This book gives you a good overall view of the inlay process, including overall layout, marking out the inlay area, and cutting the inlay pieces.. Some sections however are a little vague on the procedural details. But in a couple sections, this book does a better job than other books on the subject from Larry Robinson and Grit Laskin, for instance how to deal with an inlay design that crosses where a fret bar will sit.

Essential beginner guide

By Steve Combs from Littleton, Colorado
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, June 24, 2011

Not excellent in breadth or alternative methods, but the ones described are helpful, as long as you look at other literature on the subject to put it in perspective. You'll want to try a few things & sort out what will work for you. Definitely essential for the shelf, but not quite the bible or exclusive guide.

Pearl Inlay a basic guide

By Bevan Wulfenstein from Provo, Utah
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Pearl Inlay book is a basic guide to inlay and engraving. Some of the ideas presented are not the best or the easiest. I was a bit disappointed.


By LeeLib from Lewiston, ME
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, September 04, 2010

In general, the book is a good guide for the beginning inlay artist though I feel a little more detail, especially in finishing, would have been nice.

What really bothered me, however, was the poor grammar. Misspelled words, bad punctuation, and awkward phrasing were tedious to get through. A basic editor or even a proofreader might have required upping the price a little, but not enough to omit them.

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