I was able to spend the afternoon in the workshop today, and even enjoyed a visit from a photo-journalism student.
Firstly, I carefully measured and marked the taper angles for the fretboards and then cut them on the table saw using this sliding sled with hold down clamps. It works great.
Now it will be easier to select which fretboard for which uke. The right hand uke is easy. The very dark Brazilian Rosewood calls for an Ebony fretboard. The light colored Pacific Yew is looking better on the Juniper/maple model but I am still not sure,
Meet Alyssa Pitcher. She is a photo-journalism student at Western Washington University and wanted to use me, my workshop and ukuleles as a class assignment. We spent a pleasant hour chatting as she photographed me in action and posed a few shots as well. She promised to send me a few of her better shots and when she does I will share them with you on the blog.
And then this evening it was Class time at Gail McDonald's music class. I was delighted to learn that Wes has purchased my #5 ukulele from a good friend who has his eye on one of my current builds. I love to see my ukes in the hands of players, and Wes is not only an enthusiastic uke player but an excellent musician. Old #5, has lovely tone thanks to its walnut sides, quilt maple back and cedar top. Wes will make it sing.