View Full Version : 5 Tenors in the white...

Pete Howlett
05-31-2010, 11:52 PM
I have video in the can but currently little time to edit so I though you might like to see some progress. The other 3 (2 cutaway 1 bling) are still in the fitting stage...


06-01-2010, 01:36 AM
Very nice! The visual repeatability in these ukulele builds is a thing of beauty.

Is there an optimum batch size?

Multiple builds would be more efficient, but I assume that things could get a bit repetitive and take longer to one done, if too large a batch.

Pete Howlett
06-01-2010, 02:00 AM
8 seems the maximum 6 ideal. The repetition is not onerous. Yesterday when I got to the fourth neck the total carve down to finish sanding was taking just 30 minutes with the heel carve going very quickly. I did one time have a batch of 24 ukes to make for a Japanese company - never again... far too much of the same tho it's where I learnt how to carve necks consistently!

06-01-2010, 01:08 PM
Pete, it's always a pleasure seeing your work in progress. They look very nice..... makes me want one.

06-01-2010, 01:15 PM

Steve vanPelt
06-01-2010, 01:57 PM
What wood are you using on the middle three? Looks pretty.

06-01-2010, 05:19 PM
Very nice Pete--I've been waiting for the next video!

06-01-2010, 06:33 PM
You've been busy Pete. They look great.

Pete Howlett
06-01-2010, 09:00 PM
The wood is koa - I'd say that 2 of those middle 3 fall into the category of 'chocolate' koa with their deep browns , swirly curly ppatterns that you can't see too well. We often think of koa as being one thing but it is infinitely variable.

Busy - this is aprt of a 20 uke process at the moment with another 15 in the pipe... I think one of these in the photo will be up for sale :)