Tuesday, 22 July 2014
The sides, at the junction with the fretboard, have been covered with the same cherry veneer as the edges of the body. This is to cover the light-colored layer of cedar between the neck roper and the fretboard: in this instance, I've built the front of the uke with a single board of yellow cedar that extends from the bottom of the soundboard all the way to the nut at the top of the neck.
The headstock or peghead, at an angle to the the neck, was made with a scarf joint and later carved into this shape with much elbow grease. I've covered it with a layer of an exotic wood (I can't identify it) which has an extraordinary wavy grain and gorgeous color.
Saturday, 19 July 2014
Friday, 18 July 2014
The back is made from an exceptional "slice" of honey locust with remarkable grain and color. It is very slightly domed, due to the curved bracing: that is traditionally supposed to improve the sound, but it also makes the back sturdier and more resistant to knocks and such, should you happen to use the instrument as a defensive weapon in a scuffle:)
Thursday, 17 July 2014
This figure-eight shape is the outcome of years of trying to achieve MY perfect silhouette... Not quite there yet, on account of my rather primitive method of bending wood, but pretty good.
The soundboard is made with my favorite: yellow cedar (yellow cypress, Alaskan cedar, nootka cedar... cupressus nootkatensis). The pale yellow has naturally darkened with the finish. There's a slight dark spot under the soundhole: a reminder that the wood comes from what was an actual living organism, warts and all.