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luckyd
10-19-2009, 12:58 PM
I searched the forum, because I thought I saw this on here before, but...How do you make rope binding? Is it similar to making a rosette? In that you build it up, and then cut it into strips, or pieces? I love the look, and want to give it a try. Any help would be appreciated.

ecosteel
10-19-2009, 01:33 PM
try here http://uketalk.com/luthier-tutorials/rope-binding.htm

luckyd
10-19-2009, 01:37 PM
Just what I was looking for. Thanks for the help.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
10-20-2009, 06:49 AM
make enough to do at least several ukes since the process is so time consuming. I always glue on a black purfling strip to the inside edge of the rope to prevent breaking when installing.

luckyd
10-20-2009, 07:52 AM
Thanks for the tip. It seems like it could be pretty fragile. How long do you make the strips? I'll be whipping some up soon. I'll let you know how it turns out.

erich@muttcrew.net
11-09-2011, 07:16 AM
I'd like to revive this thread as the tutorial ecosteel refers to is no longer available. Searching for "Rope binding" in google and youtube got lots of unrelated hits, some of rather dubious nature :) but I didn't see anything related to instrument bindings.

Pete Howlett
11-09-2011, 07:38 AM
Dave Means used to have a photo essay on his website. I got fed up of making it and had Dotzauer of Gdermany make a pile for me when I was building Weissenborn back in the 90s.

Rick Turner
11-09-2011, 07:55 AM
Buy it from Michael Gurian...and you can have him make custom layups, too.

Flyfish57
11-09-2011, 08:08 AM
Buy it from Michael Gurian...and you can have him make custom layups, too.

He's a great guy that makes great stuff and is wonderful to work with...

Allen
11-09-2011, 08:40 AM
I tried making it several times and was not satisfied with the look I was trying to achieve. The solution was simple. Go to Michael Gurian and give him your specs. The strips he supplied are exactly what I wanted, and a very small fraction of the cost and no effort on my part of what it takes to make them in house.

Gyozu
11-09-2011, 11:28 AM
Here is a snapshot from Archive .org
http://web.archive.org/web/20071029151912/http://uketalk.com/luthier-tutorials/rope-binding.htm

Looks like a great item to purchase rather than make.

casetone2514
11-09-2011, 11:40 AM
Dave Means' method can be found in this thread from the Hanalima board: http://www.hanalima.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1154899518

erich@muttcrew.net
11-09-2011, 11:41 AM
Wow, easy as pie to create your own with Michael Gurian's configurator.

Thanks for your help, everyone.

aaronckeim
11-09-2011, 05:24 PM
myamoe gets it from gurian too. they will do it custom and the price is worth the labor saved.

Rick Turner
11-09-2011, 05:30 PM
I had half expected to be "ripped a new one" for suggesting buying the stuff rather than painstakingly making it, but come on now...do you want to build ukes or make binding? And would you like to be paid more than minimum wage for building ukes? Don't make what you can buy at reasonable cost unless you're making some sort of political statement and are a trustafarian...who very good at hiding the fact that they're spending grandpa's legacy...

BlackBearUkes
11-09-2011, 05:45 PM
Well, I like making my own rope bindings and I put it on the uke one block at a time. I don't care how long it takes, it is what it is. Besides, variations in design, the kind of woods I like to use and the size of the blocks can't be purchased without great expense. Plus, I don't want my stuff to look like what everyone else uses.

Rick Turner
11-09-2011, 06:38 PM
Very honorable.

I'm trying to meet payroll every week, though, and trying pay my guys something close to a living wage. I can't do this as a subsidized hobby...

erich@muttcrew.net
11-09-2011, 11:52 PM
Rick, I wasn't coming from a "we do everything from scratch" place when I asked. I hadn't seen anything except basic black/white rope when I looked around for binding to buy so I thought we were out of luck and would have to make it ourselves.

As far as political statements is concerned, I am most certainly not making any at all - I do enjoy working with my hands, but I can't say I really enjoy spending hours upon hours thicknessing the wood with hand planes and scrapers... Fact is, we're doing all this in a small apartment in the middle of the city. I might even be able to justify the expense of getting a band saw and a thickness sander, but there is simply nowhere to put them. So it's planes and scrapers, a dozuki, a kataba, a hand jig saw and a bending iron - that's it. No wealth, no politics, no drugs involved here.


I had half expected to be "ripped a new one" for suggesting buying the stuff rather than painstakingly making it, but come on now...do you want to build ukes or make binding? And would you like to be paid more than minimum wage for building ukes? Don't make what you can buy at reasonable cost unless you're making some sort of political statement and are a trustafarian...who very good at hiding the fact that they're spending grandpa's legacy...

Michael Smith
01-29-2012, 11:31 AM
order from Edie Burnheart edieb@gurianinstruments.com

Paul December
01-29-2012, 11:32 AM
More Fiber!
...sorry, bad joke.