After a small flaw was found in the original Curly Maple, David exceeded all expectations and found an even better piece of Curly Maple. According to David, this is only the second Zendrum to use this wood/finish selection, the last being in 1995 as a gift to a prominent musician. The body is now finished and being shipped to me for the special inlay work.
So a little about the DRAKEN
This will be the first Zendrum to ever have custom inlaying done to it. David, Kim and I have worked very hard to ensure that the Zendrum wood remains the star and that the inlying is tied to a theme. Interestingly enough, the luthier I am having do the inlaying also desired that I have a dedicated theme. So like a student the night before finals, I wrote up a design theme and we have remained faithful to it throughout. There are now 7 of us credited on the design team. And for those who are wondering about the cost of inlaying - it can be very expensive!! I limited my budget and have a great local luthier who is very reasonable.
I have selected a Dragon Theme. The origin of the word Dragon comes from Greek δέρκομαι derkomai = "I see", and originally likely meant "that which sees", or "that which flashes or gleams" (perhaps referring to reflective scales). In many cultures, the dragon also represents wisdom, strength and/or protector. The dragon style of choice is the European version: winged, with no legs, otherwise known as a Wyvern. Many European stories of dragons have them guarding a treasure hoard. This dragon will be guarding the Zendrum and the musician who plays it – a true treasure indeed. Many dragon folklores support the concept of a dragon bonding at birth with its rider – hence this Zendrum ‘Draken’ will be forever bonded with its owner/rider.
As I am of Swedish decent, the name of the build will be ‘Draken’. ‘Draken’ is Swedish for dragon, and also stands for Wind.
I am really excited about the dragon head inlays that just arrived. All told, the Draken will be natural clear coat; have 3 custom inlays, yet to be determined wire inlaying/special inlaying details, and a Custom decal.
As a dragon is free to fly, so too shall this Zendrum. I currently have a Battery Merge Box and a MIDIJet Pro for wireless use.
Finishing off the Draken will be a special strap with a mounted 40 year old epoxy sealed scorpion (theme - my Draken's favorite food).
Sorry for picture quality - I'll get better ones as the build progresses.
Hope you enjoy the Draken