Andy not only sent me the wood for his uke from Finland, he also send a piece of moose bone. His father-in-law shot the moose in Finland many years ago. Lets see if we can use it,
I was able to cut four possibly usable pieces from the bone.
This is my device to hold the thin bone so I can shape it on the belt sander. better than sanding the fingers.
Looks like I can make the saddle out of this piece
And now back to the German's ukes. Time to cut the oval slot for the rosette.
Slots are cut and sealed with some dilute shellac so that glue will not penetrate and stain the wood.
The "rope" purfling is carefully tapped into the slot and glued with thin superglue. The purfling had been previously bent on the hot pipe.
The sound hole is roughed out on the drill press, finished on the oscillating sander in the morning