HERE are the three tenors in front of the Christmas tree. Sorry guys but they won't be strung by Christmas- but they are getting very close. I think I will wet sand them tomorrow with 600 grit to level out any ridges, rough spots or high spots, then maybe three more days of 2 lb cut french polish, then a couple of 1 lb. cut and they will really glow. Then the bridges get glued on, the bridge pins and tuners installed and then the magic moment when you hear an instrument for the first time. Keep your fingers crossed.
East Indian Rosewood/Redwood/Honduran Mahog neck
This one I shall keep. It is all made from wood that grew within 50 miles of where I live.
Rocky Mountain Juniper top from the San Juan Islands-Tiger stripe Maple from Skagit County-American Black Walnut neck from Dupont street in Bellingham, and a fretboard of Pacific Yew. I will call it the "Native" and hope that it sounds as good as it is looking. The Juniper has 560 growth rings across the lower bout-talk about tight grain- this is it.
Brazilian Rosewood/Englemann Spruce/Alaska Cedar neck