the neck is Honduran Mahogany.
The owner of #99 has named her new Concert "Journey" and refers to her as feminine. I think that quite appropriate as this is a trim little lady with a bright and bell like re-entrant voice. I find her very playable and have been enjoying her song for several hours today after getting her strung up this afternoon.
She has a Cedar top with natural staining, and a Casuarina fretboard and bridge. Those colored strings are by Aurora. The rosette is spalted maple pieces and the saddle and nut are bison bone.
The sides and back are Cocobolo and the binding is figured Australian blackwood.
the neck is Honduran Mahogany.
Cocobolo is extremely hard, dense wood and I think is what gives this use its crisp bell like tone. It is also very lovely wood. It is fun to work with beauty.
So meet "Journey", I will try to give you a little sound bite if my I-phone will do the job
And I am delighted with the results! This is one big voiced tenor with bright trebles and rich warm and strong basses. The Cocobolo/Cedar combination is an excellent one as I had hoped, plus I like the looks.
I sat outside in the sunshine this afternoon, "playing in" the strings and feeling this new tenor out. I love it !. I will hate to see it leave, It is headed for Philadelphia. The
following photos illustrate the last little details of stringing it up.
Now the auger enlarges each hole for the bridge pins. I put the blue tape on as a security measure in case either the drill bit, or the auger should slip and scratch the soft cedar top. Each bridge pin must be carefully fit as they can vary a bit in size. The second photo shows a bridge pin in a hole that needs a little more work on the auger, maybe two turns.
And now it is time to insert the strings, a knot, into the slot in the hole, push in the pin and go on to the next. Voila, before long it is strung and ready to play, Now for the moment of truth!
#98 is a good one.
With this little file I am rounding off the sharp edges of the frets. The file has a rounded edge that allows you to run it over the wood of the fretboard without marring the wood. Each fret end will get the treatment.
These rubber blocks have a slight amount of abrasive in them and are used to polish up each fret making them shiny and smooth
Now a final coat of Olive oil on the wood of the fretboard to seal it and make it look spiffy,
See how shiny it makes the fretboard? I got the tuners installed and the pin hole locations marked on the bridge. Tomorrow we will string it up and see what we have got.
The French Polishing is completed and it is time to get this baby tuned up. First I carefully position the bridge on the top and mark off its position with blue tape. several layers of the tape will keep the bridge where you want it while clamping it in place.
then a razor blade is used to scrape away the dried shellac and exposing the wood to accept the glue.
Now a little glue on the top. Not too much, just enough. and spread it out thinly.
and also a thin coat on the bottom of the bridge.
. Tomorrow I will string this uke up once the tuners are installed.
I turned a small spalted maple bowl today. I was so fascinated by the beauty of the wood that I wanted to share it with you. This is unfinished wood.
Isn't nature wonderful ?
I had a fun afternoon playing my bass at the Jam at the Blaine Senior Center. Pat Madsen organized this recently and they have been playing every tuesday from 1:30 to 3:00. They will be doing it every week thru the winter- you ought to join them.
Thats Pat in the white shirt with his baritone.
There were 15 of us playing and singing, and most of the time we sounded pretty good.
-It was lots of fun, a great way to spend an afternoon, and Mt. Baker was magnificent on the drive back to Bellingham.
A nice gal came to my shop today to pick up her ukulele and she thought my shop pretty interesting. I guess it is a little goofy so I thought I would share some images of what is in it other than tools.
A painting of the rooftops of the Doges Palace from a trip to Venice years ago
This was to be just one of a series of Mason Bee Houses in this architectural style hung side by side on a sunny wall. paper tubes would be inserted into each hole for the nesting bees to use. A great idea but I failed to make a mold because of the holes. This was the prototype. It would have been called "Bee Street"
A poster advertising a french art exhibit hangs beside my grandfather's cigar molds. He was the first cigar maker in WA territory in 1885.
.This is the wooden foundry pattern used to cast the bronze manhole cover in Fairhaven Village Green. A fun project. The letters are purchased and glued on, all else is carved bass wood on a plywood circle. Cast at Bellingham's Union Foundry.
Hope you enjoyed this little tour. Come and visit my workshop some day.
Here is our new leader, Wes Lewis who did a great job. He sets an excellent tempo, sings very well, and kept the pace for a really fun afternoon for our first jam of the season.
Then it was back to the workshop for a little more French Polish for "Journey"
It won't be long now before I am stringing it up
I only had time to turn one today-but it is going to be a beaut when the finish is on it.
This morning I had the great pleasure of helping the Port of Bellingham dedicate a couple of displays on the Marine Park picnic building clarifying that the park is at POE'S POINT. not Post point. Thanks to Commissioner Dan Robbins, this long needed clarification was done and these terrific displays mounted. This is one of them, showing the great glacial moraine that was atop Poe's Point before it was graded down to provide much of the land that now supports the shipyard, the cruise terminal and the railroad station. Go to the park and take a look. A great job. The day also celebrated Dr. Warren Bergholz's 100th birthday. "Bergie" has been working to get Alonzo Poe recognized for 30 years. Happy Birthday "Bergie".
And on the way to Marine Park I saw this sight. A comely bronze Mime sitting with JJ Donovan with an affectionate arm on his shoulder. I slammed on the brakes and got out of my car to take this picture and put a fiver in her bronze pot. I think I saw a hint of a smile on JJ's face.
Many of them are spalted maple which develops these interesting random patterns. These two will be lightly sanded and then get a final coat of finish.
infinite variety in the wild patterns that the beginning decay imparts
These two have no finish on them yet.
I love this one, Anyone want a bowl, Most of these will be for sale.
But don't be alarmed, I am still working on ukes. Here is #98 in its current state of the finishing.
This baby is getting pretty close. Usually at this stage I have another build started. Must be the hot weather, I haven't decided on the next instrument. Been thinking about a baritone for the 100th. It ought to be something special. How about a Cocobolo body and a Sitka Spruce top, That might sing.