I am super excited because all the wooden parts of the shamisen are done!
So here is the sao without and with a finish:
The dou here isn´t oiled yet.
(Ha! Last week, I found out that Gwyn_Harris1 also thought of matching the pattern on the tenjin. )
Now the only thing left was to make the nakago and itomaki holes. While the making of itomaki holes went ok, I totally ended up somewhere else with the nakago hole, so it is not tapered at all… Well, can´t have everything! I still hope that I will be able to something about it when making the “shiny brass thingies”.
Heavy metal itomaki anyone?
The itomaki are from zebra wood. I wonder if there is any way in putting a finish on them while keeping the color of the wood light. Any suggestions are welcome!
Aaand yes, I was being serious in my previous post about making that doukake while waiting for the reamer to come into my mailbox.
And here the completed wooden part of the shamisen!
Now on to saving money for some brass sheets, silver solder, real strings, skin… Hmm, yes, I am not done yet.
Itomaki: zebrawood (or zebrano). Very pretty until you start to taper the ends. Now I know what interlocking grain means.
Doukake: following Kyle Abbot´s book. On my first doukake, I diluted the PVA glue with water 1:2 (read it somewhere on a forum about papier mache) and it did not end well. When the papier mache dried, the papers started “flaking” (picture below). Either I did not mix the glue with the water well or it was too diluted. So I used 100% glue on the next one. It was… very sticky.
Textile: japanese brocade, a snatch from ebay
String on doukake: some sort of flat, waxed cotton string. I would have preferred a leather like string but they are kind of impossible to get here.