Curly maple binding
with Herringbone purfling and herringbone rosette.
Purflings are the decorative strips of wood or shell between the bindings and the top, back, fingerboard, or headstock.
My standard purflings for everywhere are either BWB (Black/White/Black) or BW (Black/White) which produce a classic, sophisticated look reminiscent of those found on violins.
~ Other options are bold single line (W), fine multi line (BWBW) which is standard on my Selmer Maccaferri ukuleles, Herringbone, and coloured purfling.
~ Paua abalone shell (or any shell) can also be used as top purfling for a truly spectacular sparkle.
~ Indian Rosewood binding with small half herringbone purfling ~
~ Curly maple binding
with bwb back purfling on Tasmanian blackwood ~
~ Herringbone purfling,
on sunburst top ~
~ Matching segmented rosettes (and fingerboard initials) on guitar and ukulele ~
An instrument's binding is the outer band of hardwood around the body, headstock and fingerboard. It's function is both protection of the delicate edges against bruising and decorative much like a beautiful frame is to a painting. I only use wooden bindings as plastic shrinks and decays over a short time.
~ My standard binding choices are Ebony, Cocobolo, Curly Maple, Indian rosewood. Custom materials are always
available such as snakewood, Brazilian rosewood and other exotics.
~ Cocobolo bindings with BWB purfling on Tasmanian Blackwood sides & Redwood top~
~ Ebony bindings with BWB purfling on Bloodwood body ~
~ Paua shell purfling with maple bindings ~
~ Ebony binding, BW purfling on Oregon Myrtle ~