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Friday, November 30, 2012

Cherry soprano facing deportation

It hasn't done anything wrong yet, but it's gonna be sent to Australia none the less.

Working with cherry is so rewarding that I sometimes wonder why I even bother with other woods. And the soprano size - well it doesn't get any better or more ukey than that.

Top and back are bookmatched and I chose to laminate a neck blank with a pin stripe of contrasting woods.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Update from the workshöp

Building is very fun right now. A massive effort last weekend has left the workshop tidy and well organized. The kids have spent the day sewing small plush toy figures, and I have serviced Robert's piccolo (Argapa #14), continued finishing the mock lute, slotted the neck on Mary Agnes's piccolo. And I've bent the sides for a new cherry soprano.

Order list is still a mess. If you think you have made an order and your uke doesn't show up in the blog, let me know. I will apologize (and tell you the dog ate your uke).

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Back glued on the uke for Mary Agnes

(See how I cleverly avoided all the apostrophes in Agnes's's?)

Some of these go-bars sprung free after two hours, fell rattling to the floor and ruined a recording we were doing.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Binding on the mock lute, and MAK's piccolo

I made binding rabbets without any use of power tools, and they turned out good! But it wouldn't have worked on a figure eight shape, I used my miniature shoulder plane a lot. My home made gramil isn't perfect yet. But this one is gonna be good looking.

And Mary Agnes's piccolo, maybe I can fit the back braces tomorrow morning before I go back to Palestine for a few days.