These huge boxes in my workshop signal the departure of #s 116 and 117. The baritone goes to Beth in Illinois and the tenor to Lee in California. Kind of sorry to see them go, I was enjoying playing them both, But now it is time to concentrate on two tenors, #118 and 119. I took the boxes to the Post Office this morning.
Hello to the next generation. They are coming along nicely and will be receiving their fret boards very soon. I just got the frets installed this afternoon. Probably glue on the fretboards tomorrow.
Have you ever wondered what a Sycamore tree looked like. I asked my friend Jon of Jupiter Ukuleles to send me a picture of Platanus Occidentalis, the American Sycamore. Here they are.
'this native American tree was hybridized with the Oriental Plane Tree, Platanus Orientalis in London in the late 1800's, The result is the famous street tree, the London Plane tree, planted in cities all over the world.
And here is another wonderful tree, but it is just a baby. The great western maple, The Big Leaf Maple, Acer Macrophyllum. It's wood makes excellent instruments. One of the great woods native to the Pacific Northwest. But getting back to business, here are the tools and pieces necessary to install the frets.