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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.

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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.

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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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5 1-23-2014
New in Pearl Inlay

I believe the first step to get a good result, is to get a good start. The book gives you tips and tricks to make a fine work. Thank's very must

Bjarne Christensen  Løgstør Denmark Read my reviews (8)
5 12-29-2013
Excellent book

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.

Jon Anderson  Saint Paul, MN Read my reviews (9)
5 4-18-2013
Good resource if you want to do pearl inlays

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.

Ron Daves  Aguanga, CA Read my reviews (3)
5 11-29-2012
pearl inlay book

thank you stewmac. excellent book

Elimchan Budakov  ukraina
5 8-12-2012
great for starters

very nice good book

LOVE THIS  Miami Fla USA Read my reviews (4)
5 6-28-2012
higher learning

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!

r.smith  Denver,Co. Read my reviews (5)
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2 9-29-2011
Not What I expected.....

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

JVan  Granger,IN Read my reviews (17)
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4 8-27-2011
Good basic guide

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.

n3066z  Rochester, NY
4 6-24-2011
Essential beginner guide

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.

Steve Combs  Littleton, Colorado Read my reviews (6)
2 11-17-2010
Pearl Inlay a basic guide

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.

Bevan Wulfenstein  Provo, Utah
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