Back Inlay Strip

.A decorative strip of purfling is set into the back. Some builders glue this strip directly between the two halves of the back.
A very small plane is handy for trimming the decorative back strip.
Here's an example of the trimmed back strip using traditional herringbone purfling.
Copyright, Shel Sax, July 2001. No reproduction without authorization.
Photographs by Howard Rossman