So while the glue is drying I have been turning out Madrona berry necklaces. Of course Marya gets first pick.
But I have been making progress on ukes too. Here I am preparing to put the back on George's tenor. Sawing the slots that the back braces will fit into.
Now I will rout out the slots with the Dremel. I find this makes clean neat cuts.
With everything fitting it is time to brush on the glue and clamp down the back.
George loves wild wood, and here he is getting some of the wildest East Indian Rosewood that I have ever seen, but for the soundboard he is getting some classic fine-grained Redwood.
I tried to count the grain using a ten power glass. Each mark represents ten years of growth. Really hard to see, but it approaches 80 years per inch. Just imagine how old this tree was. It was probably six or eight feet thick at the butt.
So now it is boxed up and trimmed, and looking really good, And Rich's uke is in the clamps and will be ready to trim in the morning.
12/10/2018 08:17:47 am
That Redwood tree....is that the same one you planted when you were a little boy? Isn’t it amazing how time flies? I thinkbI’ll Call that uke my Wildwood, seems fitting.
12/10/2018 08:27:34 am
Hey! In Christmas spirit it might be a gesture of “good will to men” by throwing in a Madrona necklace with the uke. This, in lieu of the new, embroidered Griffin ukulele gig bags you’ll soon have available. I might have to sell off a life insurance policy, and spring for one of those too.
12/10/2018 09:40:52 pm
George, I did'nt know you were into necklaces. I will talk with Santa, hopefully he will have one left by the time you get up here to pick up Wildwood. And good luck tomorrow my Hippy friend.
12/10/2018 09:47:59 pm
I gave up on prayer beads years ago. The last time I wore a necklace it had my name, serial number, blood type, and religious affiliation on it. Pretty sure it was non-denominational. However, I am taking a hard look at Zen Buddhism thanks to Stu Fuchs. Tomorrow at 10:30 is “H” day. Right about the time the power goes out!
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