Back in the Seventeen Hundred’s , possibly before rosettes were seen to be the signature of the maker. From incredibly fine mosaic to assorted filigree and marquetry pieces.
As a steel string guitar maker for sometime I followed the patterns of Martin, Gibson and others, mainly fine lines going round in circles. As my reputation has grown in the field of inlay I have been asked to personalise many a guitar with something different.
Initially as a maker from Africa I wanted to do something which would show the African heritage, and that was the beginning of the Ndebele rosettes.
In working with shell inlays I became more an more aware of the the curves that exist on almost all shells, and became acquainted with the Fibonacci principals. Which if one looks at a shell and many fruit, one sees this curve that occurs in nature the Fibonacci curve.
I elicited the help of an organic architect to help me draw the curve in such a way that it could be used as a guitar rosette. This rosette is complex to execute but it has given me a bigger canvas so to speak to personalise guitars for clients.