Swiss "Moon" Spruce / "The Tree" Model M - Build Diary / by Tom Sands

Last year, I received an order that I couldn’t wait to get started with. This client wanted me to build him a guitar made with some of the rarest wood on the planet, some quilted mahogany from “The Tree”. You might have heard of it… if you’re still unsure, click here to read a ‘Wood in Focus’ we did a few months ago, which will hopefully clear any questions up. We paired this amazing wood with Swiss “Moon” harvested Spruce - a beautifully straight, close grained wood. with a fabulous pale cream-white colour.

Not only did this humble me when I realised I was the first UK builder to use this extraordinary wood, but it was doubly special because this guitar would become one of the first Model M guitars (built alongside another Model M in Redwood and Maple). Now that this Model M is away at the finishers, I thought I’d share some of the photos of it coming together.

Bending the sides using a Fox style bending form.

Bending the sides using a Fox style bending form.

Bending the cutaway with the hand bending iron.

Bending the cutaway with the hand bending iron.

Laminated linings for an ultra-stiff rim assembly.

Laminated linings for an ultra-stiff rim assembly.

Trimming the rim assembly into shape.

Trimming the rim assembly into shape.

Fitting the cutaway.

Fitting the cutaway.

Inspecting the rim assembly.

Inspecting the rim assembly.

Checking the cutaway.

Checking the cutaway.

Carving the end block.

Carving the end block.

Installing the radially etched copper rosette.

Installing the radially etched copper rosette.

Be sure to check back soon for Part 2 where I’ll be sharing more photos of the build.

Thanks!

TS