The French Polish process began today. Each uke got a different beginning because of differences in the wood of the bodies.
Tim's tenor has a body of East Indian Rosewood, a wood with lots of pores that must be filled. It hangs here as the Z-poxy, a very thin epoxy, hardens. The epoxy will fill the pores. I will then sand it down and apply the French Polish over its now perfectly smooth surface. A modern primer for an ancient finish method.
Connie's tenor has a body of Bubinga which does not have many pores. It has received two wash coats of dilute Shellac and The polish process will continue after Christmas.
The soundboards of both instruments are not porous woods, The Spruce and Redwood tops have both received wash coats of dilute shellac and need no further sanding. so the work will begin again after Christmas Day.
SO A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL, MAY YOUR HOLIDAY BE FILLED WITH JOY AND BEAUTIFUL MUSIC.