What a pleasant early winter day. A leisurely breakfast, a little writing on my forthcoming book, then an hour or two in the workshop before heading off to an afternoon of playing the ukulele at the Bellingham Ukulele Group November jam. A delicious dinner; and now, sitting before the fireplace admiring my new Kasha tenor and writing this blog. A lovely day in many ways.
This morning I got the tone bars glued onto the soundboard. Here they are in the "go-bar" as the glue cures. This activity reminded me of pickup sticks a couple of times. If one of these tensioned dowels slips it takes several more out with it and you have to carefully re-set them.
I also got the frets installed in the fretboard and the board glued to the neck of #101, the Christmas ukulele. Here it is in clamps. Notice the ancient old tack hammer. I have had it for years, purchased at a garage sale I suspect. It must be 100 years old.
Here are the back and soundboard of #102, the second Kasha tenor. There will be some aggressive sanding done to eliminate the joints on the back but I will wait until it is boxed up for that. I took this picture to show what I think will be a pleasing color match. Perhaps the soothing top color will subdue the wild Cocobolo back and sides. This will be an interesting instrument.