Smith Creek Mandolin

-Red Spruce Tonewood
-CNC Carved Archtop Instrument Plates
-Handcrafted Stringed Instruments

H-5 Mandola tops and backs.  Click on image to see Mandola Gallery.
Exact cnc carving on F-5 scroll does nearly all the work.  Click on the image above to see Mandolin Gallery.
Welcome to
Smith Creek Mandolin & Tonewood

home of

"WYSIWYG" Red Spruce and CNC Carved Archtop Plates


Check out this beauty, made with Smith Creek Mandolin Plates

Crooks Mandolin

Built by luthier John Crooks in Chillicothe, OH
check out his work at: Crooks Mandolins

Acoustic Archtop Bass Guitar
From the Smith Creek Mandolin shop comes the "Christopher Bass, Archtop Acoustic Bass Guitar".  20" Lower bout, 36" scale length, 10 lbs. on the nose.  A blast to play with a lot more volume that any flat top acoustic bass guitar.

F-5 Mandolin and H-5 Mandola

Inside Body Mold & Template Sets

In the words of several recent customers:


Matt: Just wanted to give you positive feedback on the body mold/template set! It's great, so much better than the outside mold I've been struggling with! Thanks again for your guidance and words of wisdom. (I swear on a bible, I did not add the "wisdom" part myself!)

Joe:  SWEET!  Did the rims for each the last couple days.  They work great compared to the siminoff mold which takes 3 hands and never comes out quite right.  Thanks-  It was worth the price!

Bo:  BTW, I made a Siminoff-style outside rim form, and man, are you ever right - it's nearly impossible to get everything in the right place and the sides butted up properly to the blocks. What a PITA. For Mandola #2 I'm definitely going to use the violin-style fixture you recommend.

Click HERE to
for a PHOTO TUTORIAL on how to use.

Click HERE to Purchase a Mold & Template Set.


WYSIWYG Archtop Guitar Plates:
Wayne Johnson of Santa Rosa, CA built this guitar using Smith Creek CNC carved archtop guitar plates.  Beautiful job!

-Designed to work perfectly with Benedetto Archtop plans.
-Pick from the available plates or send your wood to Smith Creek for carving.
-Available HERE


CNC Carving Service

How long are you going to let that beautiful piece of spruce or curly maple just sit there waiting for you to turn it into a mandolin, mandola or archtop guitar because you're worried you'll ruin it?  You supply the wood and Smith Creek precisely carves your plates.  Whether you are building your first instrument or build a dozen or more a year, having your plates cnc carved just makes sense.  Click HERE for more information.


Loar A-5 Plates
Also know as the "Griffith Loar" or "Tut Taylor A-5", these plates are carved to accurately replicate this one of a kind instrument.

WYSIWYG Guitar Tops
click on image
What You See is What You Get.  Tired of being at the whim of some large tonewood dealer?  Don't just hope you get a nice top for your project, pick out the actual top from nearly 200 pictures.

Click HERE to see the tops.

Customer Instruments!

Clike HERE to see just a few recent photos and videos from customers.

This beautifully built, recently finished mandolin is for sale by the builder.  If you would like to contact Terry his website is: Crystal Forest Mandolins