And the completion of bouzouki's construction.
I am very happy and pleased with luthier's exceptional craftsmanship !
The last two weeks Giannis designed and formed the instrument's head-stock, similar to A. Stathopoulos bouzoukia of the 1900s era.
At the top of the head-stock, the luthier formed a heart shape opening.
One of A. Stathopoulos most favorite themes, the heart, frequently used by the luthier on his instruments head-stock and sound-hole.
Back in the days, small openings on the top of the head stock, as this one, had also a functional purpose.
Bouzouki players usually stored their musical instruments by hanging them on the wall, and passing through the head stock opening a small diameter rope , or cord.
Others, using the opening as a decorative, were hanging worry-beats ( kompoloi), around bouzouki's head-stock.
The next weeks the luthier will finalize the butterfly pick-guard decoration and the sound hole wooden rosette , as he is waiting the last parts of the instrument, to arrive from Australia and United States.