Youtube's Woodworking Videos: How to make a Rosette, by Michael Thames

Have you ever wondered how they make the incredible classical guitar rosettes? Heres a great video, showing how one Lutiher Michael Thames achieves it.

All Michael's rosettes and purflings are hand-dyed, and hand cut. Each time he  make a new batch of rosettes, they will differ slightly. A few examples can be found on his website. he likes a more understated rosette, and feels the beauty of the classical guitar lies more in the balance and proportions rather than a lot of gaudy colors and inlay. 

This process is not just limited to luthier's but could be used to create inlay for any woodworking project, In the 19th century it was common to cover entire boxes and picture frames with this type of built up inlay.