Here is where we ended on July 2nd. The last of the tentalones were being glued to two of the tenors, and the sound port surround has been selected for each uke. This maple sided uke will receive the walnut ring seen tossed into its belly.
To help position the sound port ring on the Rosewood/Cedar uke I set a successful one beside it. I love the sound port, it really really is effective and I intend to make all future tenors with them. Here I set the ring in the position that I want.
And then with a very thin lead pencil I trace it's outline on the outside of the uke. You must do this before attaching the back.
Here you can see the patch glued into place. The grain in the patch runs counter to the grain of the side, thus adding great anti split capability.
And then off to San Juan Island for the 4th of July. The Friday Harbor parade is pure Americona. A small town celebration of unusual charm.
And a classic Pacific Northwest 4th of July treat- Dungeness Crab and salad. Oh my it is delicious.