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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Gah! More piccolos!

I started three more. The workshop is a mess. It is the mother of all messes. But it sort of works somehow.

The sides on these three (and some more to follow) are a little better than the previous ones. They are closer to being perfectly quarter sawn.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Bridge for UU colab

I promised a long time ago that I would make some very small parts of the international Fun Build project, spawned by Vic on Ukulele Underground. Of course I forgot all about it. Almost. But the others have made a unique uke, and all of a sudden I was in a hurry. My name is already on the label!

So I made these, and I'll ship them tomorrow to Brad Donaldson in Seattle, who's assembling the uke.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The apprentice

I am not cloned, the instance to the right in the pic is really Lars. Lars will build a mezzosoprano of cherry under my stern and sometimes angry guidance.

This was the first actual building session, and the plates for top and back were joined.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Recording made on an Argapa tenor

No picture this time, but a link to a swell recording! Alli of Ukulele Cosmos made it and I think it's great.

Friday, September 17, 2010


And my first scraping away of the finish is done! Hopefully the rest of the process is as simple, then the uke is sort of complete.

Cutting tape

Tape is removed from where the bridge goes.

Placing bridge

Hopfully the shellac won't be ruined by the masking tape.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

French polishing cont.

It's time consuming, but I'm getting closer. Look at that curl.

To learn about french polishing, check out milburnguitar.com. Or milburnguitars. They have an excellent tutorial, as I tried to tell them in an email. But the address was faulty.

Anyone knows how to contact them, tell me pls.