Here's how I spent my time during our recent "coronavirus shutdown."
Confined to my home shop, I decided to cook up a batch of some special "presentation style" cranks with a familiar "steam punk" touch. I think they'll make a real impression as gifts!
These are similar in feature and action to my regular string winding cranks, but with some more exotic materials and design, machined from solid brass.
Quantities are extremely limited, and if a style is not available in the drop down list above, that means it's gone.
There are three sizes with old-growth Brazilian rosewood handles:
Large size Brass & Brazilian for more modern guitar tuners with large buttons - Gotoh 510, Grover Rotomatic, Schaller, etc.
Medium size Brass & Brazilian for oval, "butterbean" and similar vintage style tuners
Small size Brass & Brazilian, the dedicated mandolin string crank
WE CANNOT SHIP BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD INTERNATIONALLY!
A special set of all three sizes, with "ripple" pattern faceted Vulcanite handles:
A century ago, before celluloid became a standard material, this style of hard rubber was used by Waterman, one of the premier makers of fountain pens. I obtained the stock from India, where the hard rubber industry still thrives.