The last piece of the puzzle is now in place. I wanted to place markers on the fingerboard to guide me to the prominent notes on this fretless fingerboard. with the aid of a tuner I carefully marked those locations. Once location was determined I still had the question of size and material
Years ago I found an old piano in the county dump and salvaged much of the ivory from its keys. Here I am cutting large circles of ivory with the idea of scrimshawing a centered deviding line on each dot and indicating the note for each string-placing the dot in the fingerboard center between the two strings. I found that the thin ivory cut nicely once I fixed it to a piece of scrap wood with a dot of super glue
Scrimshaw is the art of scratching a design in ivory and coloring it with India Ink. Here I tried my luck with some scraps from the old ivory piano keys. I finally decided the dots would be too large, the scrimshaw beyond my artistic abilities and the idea of indicating the notes not attractive. I decided to put the ivory away for some later project and cut small 1/4 inch circles from boxwood I had saved from an old hedge.