I went back to Grizzly Industrial today to find that they had even more sale wood on display at the same extremely low prices. This time they had the better wood out. It was straight and flat and absolutely lovely. East Indian Rosewood and Bubinga. I bought it all-at those prices I could not resist.
I came home and cut and sanded back and side sets from the matched sets. In some cases only backs could be salvaged, but there are some amazing tenors to be made from this wood. I am really pleased as some of my best sounding tenors have been made from East Indian Rosewood back and sides and Redwood tops. Now I have a huge supply of both woods.
And here are five matched sets plus one single piece at the lower right. All truly lovely East Indian. Kind of a shame to cut the matched sets down for ukuleles. I may trade to a guitar builder for some more uke sized wood,
And then there is this beautiful Bubinga. It is reputed to be excellent instrument wood, Hard and dense, it tap tones wonderfully. I think I will make a baritone with it with a Port Orford Cedar sound board. It would look terrific and I think ring like a bell.
What fun I have had today scoring this huge bonanza, and then spending the afternoon planning, cutting and sanding it into ukulele wood. Tomorrow perhaps I will come down to earth and get to work on the three instruments I am working on.