WHEW! glad this crucial day is behind me. It began with heating up the hot pipe and carefully bending 12 delicate maple bindings to fit the three ukuleles I am working on. Each piece is dampened with water and slowly bent over the hot pipe.
The hot pipes heated up to its maximum of 250 degrees, the wood is kept wet and very slowly bent to fit the ukuleles. Had a good day, didn't break any of them.
Here is the first set bent, four for each uke. To the right are the others that await their turn on the hot pipe.
Now I am ready to glue them on, but first I prepared the special orange tape to be handy, as this needs to be done quickly before the glue sets up. Ready, set, GO!
And after a number of hours of detailed work, here they are, resting as the glue sets.
What a pleasure go take the tape off and find a nice tight fit. All of these ukes are going to look good. I am getting in the mood to try the sunburst. Got to sand this all perfect first, then the great experiment. I am getting excited about this ukulele.
And after dinner, we walked half a block up the hill to check on Mt. Baker. The great volcano is blanketed with a heavy coat of snow.