Gator Mouth and Sound Holes

It was time to go back and finish the peghead. The mouth pattern lined up perfectly with one of the pictures I had. The trick was to duplicate both sides exactly. After sketching out the mouth on paper, I attached it to each side of the snout and poked holes along the pattern, including the couple of teeth I wanted to include on each side. The teeth were made from scrap walnut heartwood and were mounted after carving out the lower jaw. I then lowered the nose just a tad and added nostrils.

The lizard soundholes were taken directly from the photograph. Oddly enough, it is almost the exact size of the small lizard on the wall. The stylized sun is a smaller version of one I used on a bass dulcimer.

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