Tie Block Covers

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Tie Block Covers

Post by James Frieson » Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:03 am

Made from pearl from Palau , gathered during WWII .
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Re: Tie Block Covers

Post by Steve Ganz » Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:05 am

The MOP is beautiful
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Re: Tie Block Covers

Post by Keith » Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:51 pm

the first thought that comes to mind is how pretty they look. sadly, the second thought is lacey/fws.
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Re: Tie Block Covers

Post by bacsidoan » Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:23 pm

Keith wrote:
Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:51 pm
the first thought that comes to mind is how pretty they look. sadly, the second thought is lacey/fws.
MOP is permissible by Lacey Act. Below is a copied paragraph from a pdf issued by US Fish & Wildlife Service:

"Mother of pearl
Mother of pearl, or nacre, is a material
produced from the inner shell layer of many
mollusks. Mother of pearl is strong and
iridescent, and is used in manufacturing a
wide range of products, including buttons,
jewelry, and decorative accents on musical
instruments. Although mother of pearl
is a wildlife product, it is not listed under
the ESA or CITES, and may be traded
internationally without permits.
However, like other wildlife shipments,
commercial imports of mother of pearl
must be declared to the Service and must
be imported through specific ports of entry.
Visit www.fws.gov/le for more information.
"
The whole document can be seen via this link: https://www.fws.gov/international/pdf/f ... uments.pdf

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Re: Tie Block Covers

Post by Gordon Guttmann » Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:01 am

I admire your tie blocks!

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Re: Tie Block Covers

Post by Keith » Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:32 am

bacsidoan, thank you for the info--good to know the machine gun carrying FWS agents will not be breaking down any doors for MOP.
be true to the one you love but have many flings with different guitars

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Jose Ramirez III

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Re: Tie Block Covers

Post by James Frieson » Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:20 am

Keith wrote:
Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:32 am
bacsidoan, thank you for the info--good to know the machine gun carrying FWS agents will not be breaking down any doors for MOP.
My mother in law was sent to Palau to escape from the bombing of Tokyo . She gathered these shells on the sea coast as a young girl and generously gave them to me for my work so many years later . When she got back to Tokyo there was nothing left , not even a landmark to say where the house had been . The idea of men with machine guns , over the issue of some pearl ... it is a rather sad irony .

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Re: Tie Block Covers

Post by souldier » Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:30 pm

James Frieson wrote:
Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:20 am
Keith wrote:
Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:32 am
bacsidoan, thank you for the info--good to know the machine gun carrying FWS agents will not be breaking down any doors for MOP.
My mother in law was sent to Palau to escape from the bombing of Tokyo . She gathered these shells on the sea coast as a young girl and generously gave them to me for my work so many years later . When she got back to Tokyo there was nothing left , not even a landmark to say where the house had been . The idea of men with machine guns , over the issue of some pearl ... it is a rather sad irony .
Amazing story from WWII. Jim I love how the materials you use for your guitars often has an interesting backstory. Adds even more allure and beauty to the guitars that you make.
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Re: Tie Block Covers

Post by James Frieson » Thu Mar 08, 2018 1:40 pm

souldier wrote:
Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:30 pm
James Frieson wrote:
Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:20 am
Keith wrote:
Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:32 am
bacsidoan, thank you for the info--good to know the machine gun carrying FWS agents will not be breaking down any doors for MOP.
My mother in law was sent to Palau to escape from the bombing of Tokyo . She gathered these shells on the sea coast as a young girl and generously gave them to me for my work so many years later . When she got back to Tokyo there was nothing left , not even a landmark to say where the house had been . The idea of men with machine guns , over the issue of some pearl ... it is a rather sad irony .
Amazing story from WWII. Jim I love how the materials you use for your guitars often has an interesting backstory. Adds even more allure and beauty to the guitars that you make.
Well thank you . Yes the personal stories and connections are maybe what I love best . My first maestro used to load up the guitars with shavings for packing and drive at night to Bogota fueled by the strongest coffee because he said in the day he was terrified of the high Andes roads . The old guys I got wood from , genuine characters , they are gone , but I still have one left in S America . When he tells me My wood is special , it has love in it , I know what he means .

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Re: Tie Block Covers

Post by brian » Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:01 pm

Jim,
do you ever sleep?

i must say that your guitars
always ooze elegance.
if at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
then quit.
there's no use being a damn fool about it.
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Re: Tie Block Covers

Post by bacsidoan » Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:10 pm

Jim,
Would you make me a piece for the tieblock of one of my guitars if I give you the dimensions?

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Re: Tie Block Covers

Post by Brian McCombs » Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:42 pm

Admire the work as always....very rich looking.

I'm jealous too as I've never worked with anything like that. I did cover a few with old piano key skins, but the material is banned.

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Re: Tie Block Covers

Post by James Frieson » Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:52 am

Brian McCombs wrote:
Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:42 pm
Admire the work as always....very rich looking.

I'm jealous too as I've never worked with anything like that. I did cover a few with old piano key skins, but the material is banned.
Too bad about the piano key situation . I worked in piano restoration for a year . The common method for removing old veneers to prepare for retopping was to saw them off with a circular saw turning them to dust . What a waste .

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Re: Tie Block Covers

Post by Brian McCombs » Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:29 pm

James Frieson wrote:
Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:52 am
. saw them off with a circular saw turning them to dust . What a waste .
..... that must have smelled genuinely dreadful.

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Re: Tie Block Covers

Post by Keith » Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:01 pm

James, I hope my post, which was a dig at FWS and the Gibson guitar raid, was taken as such and not in any way negative about the history of the MOP in question. If it came across as negative then please forgive me.
be true to the one you love but have many flings with different guitars

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Jose Ramirez III

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