About This Course
Welcome to the Robert O’Brien Online Mandolin Building Course. In this course Robert invites Luthier and Instructor, Geoff Burghardt of iii Mandolins, to show how to build and finish an A style mandolin.
Geoff focuses on the use of hand tools throughout the video and not only explains, but shows in great detail every step in the mandolin building and finishing process. In the finishing chapter he shows how to apply a hand rubbed sunburst to the mandolin.
With just under 14 hours of high def video lessons divided into ten chapters, it has never been easier to build your own high end mandolin. The only thing Geoff doesn’t teach you is how to play the instrument! However, all the music in the video features Geoff playing the mandolin built in the course.
Chapters can be purchased separately or receive a 25% discount over the individual chapters price when purchasing the entire course. If you purchase the entire course you also get a free downloadable copy of Geoff’s professionally drawn mandolin plans specifically drawn for this course. You also become eligible to join Robert’s invitation only chat group. Here he offers advice and support as you build. There is a wealth of information available to you for free!
Please read the FAQ page before beginning. To begin just register/login and purchase the video lessons. You may then either stream or download the videos.
- Thicknessing and bending sides
- Laying out contours
- Carving the top, back and neck
- Neck joints
- Hand rubbed sunburst finishes
I need to tell you how much I've enjoyed and benefited from your online course by Geoff Burghardt. I have been tinkering with fiddles and mandolins for a long time but this is my first complete build. The course not only explains everything in logical sequence but demystifies some of the actual operations that might be obvious to a more experienced woodworker. Thank you for making this available. Jack - North Carolina