Pearl Inlay Book

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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.

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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Disappionted !Not really useful !!

(Customer's Reviews)

I have bought this book and i have been expecting way more useful instructions and high quality illustrations , but really disappointed now ,cause the book is very poor in printing quality and pictures not even clear to see ,while in a book like this in this field , high quality colored pictures are expected and needed . tools and techniques are both old and kind of useless , not an inspiring book , i would pay ten times more money but for a book which shares knowledge and useful ideas and instrucrions

Response from StewMac

We are so sorry to hear you were disappointed with this book. This was written in 1971 and has not been updated. It is more geared toward the old techniques of hand cut inlays. We have contacted you via email about a refund for this book because we stand by our 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Spencer, Customer Support


Pesrl inlay book

(Customer's Reviews)

very good .has the kind of info I was looking for Tyhx.


Pearl Inlay


book is a very old tech, a lot is not applicable to modern materials


Excellent book

(Customer's Reviews)

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

(Customer's Reviews)

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

(Customer's Reviews)

thank you stewmac. excellent book


great for starters

(Customer's Reviews)

very nice good book


higher learning

(Customer's Reviews)

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.....

(Customer's Reviews)

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

(Customer's Reviews)

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.

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