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The Mandolin Project
The Mandolin Project

The Mandolin Project

A Workshop Guide to Building Mandolins


154 Pages, 8.5 x 10.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $27.95)

Publication Date: October 2009

ISBN 9780980476200

Rights: WOR

Graham Mcdonald Stringed Instruments (Oct 2009)
Graham McDonald Stringed Instruments

Price: $24.95


Instructions and techniques for building this descendent of the lute family

Suited for first-time builders with limited woodworking skills as well as those looking for a challenge, this workshop manual features four mandolin projects that range from a simple flat top and back model to the more complex, fully carved “A” style mandolin. The accompanying narrative offers step-by-step instruction in a relaxed, conversational style that not only explains what and how something should be done but also why it’s executed in that particular manner. A set of full-size, detailed plans pairs with photographs, diagrams, and illustrations to round out the instruction materials. The manual's informative introductory section featuring a comprehensive history of the mandolin, construction techniques through the ages, and color illustrations of rare instruments—some of which have never been previously published—enhances the appreciation of this ancient string instrument.


"An attractive piece of work, well thought out, and clear in its instruction. It's obvious that McDonald is open-minded about the possibilities of the mandolin and what it might be made from, and the reader won't be beaten over the head about specific details 'because that's the way Orville did it!'"  —John Calkin, contributing editor, American Lutherie

Author Biography

Graham McDonald is a mandolin and bouzoukis artisan and the author of The Bouzouki Book.