The first ukuleles to be born in my workshop in 2018 will be two Kasha Tenors and they are going to be beauties.
This is #102, a Cocobolo body and Torrified Spruce top. The wood is quite lovely. If it sounds as good as it is going to look I might have to keep it. The fretboard and bridge are just sitting in approximate position, not yet glued on.
Today I did the final sanding. Then I put a wash coat of French Polish on it all to protect from staining etc, as the process goes on. Also to seal in any of that nasty Cocobolo sawdust that might still be on the body. It is very toxic dust that I don't want to be breathing.
Here is the peg head plate of spalted Maple that I will be using. I will inlay my g in the plate in a day or two and glue it on after I have attached the fretboard.
Look how just one coat of finish brings out the beauty of this wood. It will be amazing when finished.
And this is #103, A Bocote Tenor with a Port Orford Cedar top. Never used either wood before but I am really expecting that this will be a great uke.
Bocote, with a skunk stripe. Bocote is a wood from Central America.