Good ol "Perk" Perkins got the pinecone peg head plates done for me today. I have three ukes needing them badly. Perk is a master with his laser cutting machine. This design was computer designed by my grand-son Evan Griffin Christie, an excellent graphic artist. Then that design is fed into "Perks" computer, and by some magic the laser is directed to burn the design into the maple that I provide. The laser also cuts out the shape, so these are ready to glue on. This number ought to keep me in the workshop for a while.
When I got back from picking up the "cones" from Perk, I just had time to install a strap button on #88 that is going to Susan in McMinnville, Or. I turn these buttons on my wood lathe from scraps of various hardwoods left over from uke construction. They have a long shaft that is glued into a hole drilled into the butt plate inside the uke.
Now if Susan will throw in another $20.00 I will attach this colorful strap made by village women in Guadamala. I have used them for years and think their colorful gaiety just goes with a ukulele. This is my last one, but I have a friend headed for Guadamala in January and I have asked her to bring me another supply. I love them!