Now I also make jewelry

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Bottom inlay

The bottom joint is often prettified or disguised with the use of an inlay. First, I saw the sides down to the bottom block and chisel out the channel, then fit in a sliver of wood of the same thickness and shape, tulipwood in this instance. It looks easy, but can be quite a challenge.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Bracing the top

Fan bracing design: this may be overkill for a uke, even a baritone like this one, but I'm using such a thin top that erring on the safe side seems like a good idea.

The braces are shaped to combine strength and lightness.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009


Two plates of lacewood, or leopardwood, with a strip of ebony sandwiched in-between: I've wetted it for the picture to show its remarkable grain and color.

The inside view shows the center graft and the three braces which are shaped so as to give the back a slight horizontal curvature.