View Full Version : Rope Binding Woods

11-16-2009, 04:44 PM
The madness has returned....I'm thinking of making rope binding again for my next project. :nana:
Last time, I used maple/rosewood. It looks good but I was dissapointed with the color contrast after finishing. The maple doesn't look white enough.
Any suggestions on what woods to use to get good contrast? What's a really white wood? Or maybe I should bleach the maple next time??

11-16-2009, 05:46 PM
Try holly.

11-17-2009, 12:07 PM
I know nothing about building ukes...however...Ironwood (muscle wood) Carpinus caroliniana has a very white wood...i've always wanted to have a uke made with it as the neck (it feels VERY VERY smooth)

11-22-2009, 08:18 PM
Thanks....anyone know a good source for Holly wood? (the wood, not the movie place)

Matt Clara
11-23-2009, 01:54 AM
Johnson's Workbench in Charlotte, MI, always has holly when I go in there, but their website sucks for ordering wood, so you'll likely have to call.


Matt Clara
11-23-2009, 01:56 AM
Can't get any whiter than this (http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Bindings,_trim/Plastic_binding/White_Plastic_Binding.html).

11-23-2009, 04:23 AM
Thanks....anyone know a good source for Holly wood? (the wood, not the movie place)

Before I finished reading that sentence, it wasn't the place that came to mind, rather it was the Kim Bassinger-voiced character in the movie Cool World that did.

11-23-2009, 04:30 PM
I'll echo using holly. As examples here are 2 pic., one of holly as the binding on a guitar I built and also in rope binding on a uke. The other wood in the rope binding is American Black Walnut

11-23-2009, 08:16 PM
Nice rope Philstix.
Pics like that aren't gonna help me get past the crazy idea that I should make rope binding again :rotfl: