I sold the Concert Pinecone wednesday and decided I had better start another set. I build three at a time having found that it is more efficient to do that. Here is the first step, selecting a choice piece of Engelmann Spruce for the top. This piece has some " bear claw" markings that will make two of the ukes rather distinctive. The third one is a beautiful piece of very tight grain E. Spruce. Fun to get two uke tops out of what would be half oof an dreadnought guitar.
Now the tops are selected and cut, I have chosen three walnut necks from my stack of pre-cut necks. You can see the plastic top template used to lay out the tops.
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Now for the backs, Surely there will be a back somewhere in this ten foot long board of tiger stripe maple. Its a little hard to see because of the sap marks left after it has been in the dry kiln but a bit of sanding will reveal the figure.
Now you can see it. This back will be a beauty and there are many exciting backs to be cut out of this board . I will get out the skil-saw and cut this board up after carefully marking off the prime backs.