GRAVLAM (ENGRAVEABLE LAMINATED SHELL)

Welcome to a totally new form of laminated shell, developed for those who need exceptionally large single pieces which can be engraved or very lightly sanded without going through any layers! The top layer is one piece of .020" - .025" solid shell manufactured with a recently discovered and proprietary process, which is backed with regular thin layers (or crushed shell) to bring the blank up to a full .060" (1.53mm) thickness.

<engraved gravlam samples, click to enlarge>
Hand engraved GRAVLAM samples by, top to bottom:
John Gough, 504 E. Chestnut St., Mt. Vernon, Oh., 43050, (740)392-9188
Ron Chacey, P.O.B. 2890, Pagosa Springs, Co., 81147, (970)264-6275
David Giulietti, 7556 Bodega Av., Sebastopol, Ca., 95472, (707)824-0359

GRAVLAM must be handled with careful precision in order to work properly: it must be inlayed flush to the final/finished surface, to avoid any but the lightest sanding, so may be more appropriate to custom handwork than to production applications, at least until experience leads us to proven techniques. If you come up with any special tricks, please let us know, and we'll continue to openly share pooled knowledge with anyone that asks. Thanks!

Individual pieces are gigantic for the types of shell from which they come, with 2-3 pieces/oz., sizes running 3 ½" to over 5" long, and widths of 1 ¼" to 1 ½", depending on the shell, but much larger than ever before possible with regular solid shell! We currently stock flat materials as well as pieces that have been precision arched to two commonly used guitar fingerboard radiuses of 12" and 16". The arched shell will require a similarly arched supportive dome under it while being cut, whether by hand or with a machine. Call us for suggestions, or to share your own.

<white mop gravlam, click to enlarge>
<gold mop gravlam, click to enlarge>
<brown mop gravlam, click to enlarge>
<black mop gravlam, click to enlarge>
<awabi ab. gravlam, click to enlarge>
<pink ab. gravlam, click to enlarge>
<pink ab. select gravlam, click to enlarge>
<green ab. gravlam, click to enlarge>
<green ab. select gravlam, click to enlarge>
<green ab. rippled gravlam, click to enlarge>
<paua ab. gravlam, click to enlarge>