And the highlight was my friend Bill bringing me a huge log of Laburnum. I have been looking for a good chunk of this beautiful wood for years without success. Bill cut this tree 8 or nine years ago, painted the ends and has stored it ever since. It is the largest trunk of the "Golden Chain Tree' that I have ever seen. At least ten inches through the trunk.
This dense, dark wood reminds me of Cocobolo. I am excited to cut and resaw tbis log and see if there are some ukulele bodies in it. When I make the cut I will report on the blog. Thanks Bill, A magnificent piece of laburnum.
This big old plane is 18 inches long. I must have picked it up at a garage sale years ago. It still has an important use.
When I need a straight edge I simply clamp it in the bench vise
and run the stock over it. Does a perfect job
I got the hot pipe hooked up and plugged in and got a perfect bend of the East indian Rosewood for the big baritone. I will let it dry and set up in the mold for a couple of days, No rush.
'while in the mood I also decided to thin and bend the sides for the concert Pinecone. Here the 31 inch long side gets repeated runs through the sander
Using the heat blanket draped over the Concert mold, the thin maple bends easily and is then clamped to the mold to hold its shape as it cools.
So it was another good day in the workshop with a lot of progress made.