Now I also make jewelry

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Lining and reinforcing sides

Linings -- strips of wood -- are glued onto the inside rims, then shaved and sanded down to level, to provide more adherence surface for glueing the back and the top later on.
I'm also reinforcing the sides, which are really very thin in this instance, with a few strategically placed strips.


After being cut and bent, the sides are glued together onto two blocks at bottom and at top.

Friday, 28 August 2009


Here is another neck: a bloodwood veneer has been applied onto the front of the peghead and a thinner mahogany veneer covers the back of it. Those veneers hide the joints of the peghead: the scarfjoint but also the joints of the bilateral "ears" (pieces of wood glued to the sides of the peghead to make it wider), as is the case here.
This neck is made of jatoba, or brazilian cherry, which actually looks like mahogany with a bit of a purplish hue, but is a heavier, denser wood. I must have spent 3-4 hours shaping that peghead: it still needs a bit of work.

Shaping a neck

First, there was a board sawn at 15-degree angle and the two pieces glued back together upside-down in a scarfjoint; then, blocks of wood were glued to the bottom to form the heel. Then, the heel, the neck proper and the peghead were all band-sawn to conform roughly to a desired outline. Now the neck and heel have to be rounded with raps, files and various grades of sandpaper.

Aside from the bandsaw part, I'm doing everything with handtools and trying to work outside as much as possible to take advantage of the sunny weather which has been pretty scarce over the summer.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Friday, 21 August 2009

Another Tenor Uke - Pucelette

Very similar to the one of June 11th, but with cherry banding, and ebony for the bridge and smaller parts in the back and heel. And of course, a soundhole that's also different.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Tri gracie

As I'm nearing the end of my "harvest" for the season, it's time for group pictures. First the three citole-shaped tenors posing among August flowers.

That's definitely Baudelaire lurking in the background:

Tes hanches sont amoureuses
De ton dos et de tes seins,
Et tu ravis les coussins
Par tes poses langoureuses.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Minstrel - Tenor ukulele

I'm calling this one minstrel, ménestrel, Minnesänger...