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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Prögress on Argapa 100

Don't worry, the resos are coming along nicely all six of them. A neck gets carved now and then, the tops are marked for hole positions etc. 

But now I will show you the latest and presumably greatest in mahogany goodness. The Argapa 100*.

In the pic above you can clearly see Angry Monkey and Legöhead arguing about the optimal placing of braces and and bars. It never gets quiet or lonely in the shöp with these guys around. 

The wood in the soundboard is from dad's old stash from the 1960's, the same as a few other sopranos I've made. 

Next pic (above) shows the sides, or side as it is a one piece rim. I was going for two halves bent with blanket and form but something went south and I turned to my backup plan and the hot pipe. On the plus side I skipped the end block since I don't have a joint there now. 

For linings I used a special method. First a thin strip of bass wood bent to shape on the pipe was glued in, and on that the regular kerfed lining strip. The difference in stiffness is remarkable. I haven't decided whether or not I'll bind this uke. Maybe I should, seeing this is number 100 and all. 

*Getting this to end up as number 100 in the grand scheme of things will require me finishing five of the resos, then this one and then the sixth reso. Doable. 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Back on track

My left hand is doing fine. Not a single drop of blood or anything else has emerged since the stitch up and it doesn't hurt a bit. So today it was time to get a move on with all the ukes I'm working on. When I bent the sides for the six resos I was sure two or three of them would wait while I worked on the first few, but so far I'm still doing them all in parallel. The neck blanks were prepared and I'm going to carve them all to the stage where they only need a light scraping or sanding. And today I whipped out the drum sander to prepare wood for the Argapa 100, and thought why not take those sides down to the exact height of the skeletons. 

First a rough cut on the band saw, then some passes with a block plane before sending them through the sander. Look at the stack now!

We're getting closer to glueing the tops on, and that means double checking my customers' weird requests for special shapes. 

Then I fed some of the nice Honduran mahogany through the sander, and laid out a soundboard and a back for Argapa 100. I could also squeeze in either a top and back for a piccolo, or maybe two backs for piccolos with spruce or cedar tops. Or one of each. I'll think about that later, the plan is to make a couple for the raffle at next year's Raystock jamboree. And maybe one for GNUF. I don't know. 

But today was about Argapa 100. Which was sort of ordered in 2010 by a friend but will be built for me. 

And then of course I carved another neck. I'll carve a couple more tomorrow. The pic shows the kevlar glove on my left hand. I hold the knife with my right hand when I'm not taking pics. 

And the result then. With no new cuts or wounds. 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Dead in the water

This post contains gore pics. 

I started carving the necks. First two went well, excellent even. First I made the Spanish cedar neck as a warm up, then an alder neck. The third one was also alder but had a more difficult grain. The spokeshave couldn't make the heel as easily as usual so I took the neck in my hand and started whittling away. 

Did I mention I didn't bring my kevlar gloves? Did I mention I honed my whittling knife last night?

Good news: no tendons were cut. 

Eight stitches at the emergency ward. Yay. 

Now I won't finish the necks here. But fear not, the hand will mend. It always does.