We Have Been Busy!

The Routens have been very busy recently; an amazing Jars of Clay concert and VIP meeting, a superb house concert featuring Muriel Anderson, the amazing and award-winning finger-style guitarist and harp player, and much more to come.

Here are a couple of pictures from the two concerts, and if you know of any cool or exciting concerts/shows in the Tampa Bay area, please let us know in the comments below!

Muriel Anderson with her unique harp guitar.

Muriel Anderson with her unique harp guitar.

Our Luthier, Mark Routen, Bryon, and the boys from Jars of Clay--20 years and still going strong!

Our Luthier, Mark Routen, Bryon, and the boys from Jars of Clay–20 years and still going strong!

Binding the body with Mahogany

Rope is used to hold the binding in the body channel during the glue up stage.

Rope is used to hold the binding in the body channel during the glue up stage.

Binding tape is used to hold the purfling in the channel until it dries.

Binding tape is used to hold the purfling in the channel until it dries.

Paua Abalone diamonds were inlaid in the fret board.

Paua Abalone diamonds were inlaid in the fret board.

I inlaid G and V in the headstock using Paua Abalone to personalize Gino’s guitar. Cauls are used to press it in while the PVC glue dries.

I inlaid G and V in the headstock using Paua Abalone to personalize Gino’s guitar. Cauls are used to press it in while the PVC glue dries.

Binding tape holding the purfling in place.

Binding tape holding the purfling in place.

Once the Mahogany binding strips are bent in the side bending jig, I keep them in this mold until ready to glue.

Once the Mahogany binding strips are bent in the side bending jig, I keep them in this mold until ready to glue.

The binding and purfling channels have been routed in the top and side.

The binding and purfling channels have been routed in the top and side.

The binding and purfling channels have been routed in the top and side.

The binding and purfling channels have been routed in the top and side.

The light hues of the Myrtle back and sides will be complemented by a deeper color for the binding. I considered Ebony but the contrast was too great – Mahogany does not pull your attention from the Myrtle, in fact it looks natural against it. It will be more pronounced once the clear coat finish is applied. MDR