Paper outlines of the individual Celtic braid pieces are glued to the surface of sections of white mother of pearl shell. Here, a very fine coping saw is used to cut each piece out
As the shell pieces are cut they are laid out to inspect the progress of the braid. Then they are stored in order.
The full paper pattern of the braid is also glued to the ebony surface. This serves as a routing guide to place the pieces of shell.
The channel for a section of shell braid is routed and fine trimmed
Each shell piece is also wet ground and fitted to its routing channel by hand
All the shell pieces are now placed and glued
Then the pattern paper on the shell and ebony is sanded clean and flush to the sound board
The completed sound board rosette