I started this mandolin in the Fall of 1977 as a fine arts major at the University of Houston. I used all European wood and followed the plans from the Roger Siminoff book that had just been published. I had help from Bill Collings with advice and wood for the neck. Tom Ellis finished this mandolin and did all the critical final top carving work that made this a great mandolin and that is why we put "Ellis" on the headstock. I made the tail piece cover out of sterling silver using the chasing and repoussé technique. It is the "Smith-Ellis, July 1978, no.1-(08)", 1st one I made and the 8th one for Tom.
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