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Friday, October 26, 2012

Progress, and finish

First pic shows the neck joint on Mary Agnes's uke, I managed to carve an excellent neck and get a perfect neck joint.

Second pic is the polished back on Jörgen's uke. Now I'm gonna string it up.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Piccolo for Mary Agnes

Mary Agnes is a force of good. And she wants one of my piccolos. It is well underway, I'll carve the neck tonight and then it's really not that much left.

Monday, October 22, 2012

French polishing halfway through

Yet another piccolo, almost done. This one is for a fellow uke player in Stockholm. I've gotten about four layers of shellac on and it's time to level sand a bit before the last coats.

Hardly seen behind it is top and sides for the next one.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

High resolution pictures of the reso, #52

Brian was kind enough to send me some good pictures, since I completely forgot to take any before I sent it. So here it is, in Arizona.

(Email me for Brian's address if you want to burgle his home and take it.)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Various stuff

Oh what strange going-ons. I'll present them evilly backwards since I've listened to nothing but death metal today. So "first" we have the strange invention that was the Martin backpacker uke. (Yes, a portable ukulele. Now we wait for the pocket harmonica.)

Anyway, a friend had it, his kid stepped on it, and I got it. The mahogany soundboard was shattered so I took the remains off and put a spruce soundboard on. With a novelty soundhole. I have no idea what to do with this one after it's finished.

Next is a uke that wants to look like a lute. Because I have a friend who is a medieval jester. But hey, who hasn't? It'll be a one-off, but I think it's gonna be nice.

And then finally number 53, the un-ordered soprano that got ordered during building. I polished it and strung it up, and I must say it served its purpose. I wanted to build it for my own sake, with the intent of getting the joy back into building. And it's a bit quirky, the first soprano with a one piece rim, and some elaborate-ish carving efforts on the neck.

And it sounds GREAT. I am so glad I made it.

(Not to be seen is a couple of piccolos I'm working on. One of them is half done, the other a wee bit behind. I don't build them exactly parallell anymore, for reasons I've ranted about before.)