The Art of Inlay by Larry Robinson is a well illustrated instruction guide in how to make beautiful guitar inlays. Robinson knows of what he writes as he has done guitar inlays for such artists as Led Zeppelin and U2 and many others. The book is beautifully set up with over 100 full color photographs that will inspire anyone thinking of creating guitar inlays. The photographs show the reader some fantastic inlay work in a variety materials including wooden boxes and other musical instruments. This latest edition of the book is revised and expanded and includes a 16 page gallery of inlay examples. The instructions and directions on how to accomplish such work are laid out in black and white and easy to understand instructions and guides. These drawings are accurate and simple to follow.
The book is also a great resource to learn about the different tools and materials that you may need to complete your guitar inlays. It lists some unusual materials that can be incorporated and includes some lively discussions of design approaches. Robinson is authoritative and conversational at the same time. This book serves as both an inspirational tome to creativity and a hands on guide in how to get started yourself. The thrust of the book explains that guitar inlays are more than just accents or practical flourishes and that they stand alone as works of art. Robinson includes many testimonies by artists and musicians that attest to the quality of his inlay work and the special feeling the designs bring to the instruments. Work by Robinson has been featured in fine woodworking magazines as well as Guitar Player and the book entitled Acoustic Guitars and Other Fretted Instruments. His guitar inlays and other works have also been the subject of many fine art gallery shows and are prized pieces in many collections.
This book is a great primer and starter book for someone just getting into the work but will also serve the seasoned inlayer as well. The guitar inlays that are featured in the picture are worth checking out for the simple aesthetic pleasure that can be acquired from viewing them. It does a good job of covering the basic ground of making inlays. It explains cutting, tracing and the tools and processes necessary to complete a project. The examples are certainly works to strive for and the design tips given by Robinson are invaluable to anyone interested in creating guitar inlays.
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