Let's start with the most strings first. This is an 11 course lute, based on the Warwick Frei, for Dr. Gary Boye, of Boone, NC.
The back is of eastern hard curly maple, the belly of spruce from Switzerland. The neck and pegbox are veneered in ebony.
The rose, whose pattern is taken from the original Hans Frei lute in the Warwick County Museum, is a favourite of mine, and I've talked about its mystery and beauty in this blog before.
The back is of 17 pacific Yew ribs, with sycamore spacers. For the 10 course model the string length is 64cm, which gives this lute 10 frets on the neck, with 9 of tied gut and the 10th of English boxwood.
The rose is the familiar "knot of leonardo" pattern, with a chip-carved border; this feature is a nod to the rose of the Harton 10 course lute in the Folger Shakespeare Library.
elsewhere. What other choice did I have for my own lute, but what I consider to be the fundamental lute rose pattern?
That is all for now. Stay well until we meet again; I'm off to play the lute.