We awoke this morning to find a 6 inch surprise snowfall decorating our patio and our world.
In the little park behind our house the fir trees were plastered with snow on the north side indicating where the cold air came from to meet the warm moisture from the south.
Tthe fall leaves had not completed their fallng when this early snow hit and the contrast of color with the black and white of snow made our walk magical.
Marya rescued a few big maple leaves to bring home.
And the day closed with this magnificent sunset over the snow. This was one of the loveliest days in my memory- Plus- I got huge amounts done in the workshop.
I decided to try to bend this wild crazy Cocobolo, not really expecting I could do so.
I wrapped it in paper and spritzed it with water
Then enclosed it in aluminum foil and popped it in the bender.
I brought it up to 350 degrees before I began the bend.
To my surprise it came out looking hopeful.
Amazing, I got a perfect bend. And so I went on and bent the other side. Both are perfect and I will be able to build a ukulele out of this amazing wood. I was so pumped that I cut and bent another set of sides while my luck was running hot.
This is a set of Bocote, brought to me from Mexico by my friend Richardo. The sides bent beautifully and I think this will make a very nice instrument. The wood is dense and hard.
Flushed with success, I decided to cut the binding grooves for #101, and here it is, done without a flaw.
And next, the slot for the purfling, In this case, a rather large cut to accommodate the large purfling chosen by linda. But it all went perfectly. THIS WAS INDEED A MAGNIFICENT DAY!