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Sunday, 28 June 2009


Applying that first coat is magical: after many months of working and imagining what the instrument will finally look like, it is at last coming alive.


This is another tenor uke that is almost completed.

Before applying the first coat of finish, when the sanding is finally done and the wood, albeit smooth, is still dull.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Tenor uke - Pucelette

"Pucelette" or "little flea" in old French. All ukes are "pucelettes', but this one is so officially christened here and now!

Just completed this morning. The silhouette of the body is like nothing I've ever seen, but it is a shape I was striving for in my imagination for a long time.
I was fortunate to find the exceptional figure of the walnut revealed once the ordinary board I had purchased was sliced. That's what I used for the back with a strip of padouak in the center; there's also a bit of padouak in the heel and on the tip of the wings.

The sides (one continuous band actually) are also black walnut and the soundboard is yellow cypress. The neck is made of walnut as well, with a soft maple overlay. The fretboard and bridge come from a particularly colorful piece of cocobolo. Nut and saddles of ebony. Strung with a low G Hilo set.

Now off for tuning and playing...

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Cherry back hourglass dulcimer

The wood for the sides is curly yellow birch, the top is hard maple. The wood for all parts of the body is very thin (1/16"), so the instrument is quite light.

Padouk and birch for the fingerboard, mahogany for the peghead, ebony for bridge and nut.

This is my last dulcimer for the season: it will all be ukuleles until the fall.

Monday, 8 June 2009

Cherry back - Hourglass lap dulcimer

Here are two pictures of the back, in the sunlight and in the shade, just to celebrate the beauty of that piece of cherry and its exceptional coloring (click on the pics to see a close-up).