View Full Version : Got into the koa this afternoon :)

dave g
06-20-2010, 12:33 PM
Started cutting up this really nice hunk of koa today:


This is about half of it (about 2" x 4" x 29" rough); going to be two sopranos. I'm going to make them entirely of koa, except for ebony nuts & saddles.

This stuff is great to work with - bends easy, machines well, and it's so darn pretty :)

Matt Clara
06-20-2010, 04:01 PM
Did you find that in your firewood pile, too? Pretty, indeed.

Ahnko Honu
06-20-2010, 05:13 PM
Any Koa pineapples in your future?

dave g
06-21-2010, 05:47 AM
Any Koa pineapples in your future?

Oh alright - one of these will be a pineapple! Just bent the sides :)

06-21-2010, 07:55 AM
mmm...very pretty stuff. I hope those saw marks sand out with no problem
I'm a big fan of the pineapple idea too

dave g
06-22-2010, 04:41 AM


They will end up being the same over-all length - just kinda floppy still at this stage :)

I ought to get the backs glued on later today.

06-23-2010, 09:40 PM
Is your wife cool with the usage of those laundry pins?

Ahnko Honu
06-23-2010, 11:10 PM
Beauty Dave, love the Spanish heel. Somehow I'm guessing those Koa pineapples are going to be great sellers. I may have to put my firstborn up on Craigslist.

dave g
07-02-2010, 08:34 AM
And they are done:



07-02-2010, 09:38 AM
That was quick Dave...Did you still use the soundboard running under the fretboard trick ?..even in Koa they still have that unique "Waverly St" look about them..I recon if I came across one in the UK, I would be able to recognise it from ten yards away. I wouldn't mind having a play on one as well.:)

07-02-2010, 09:41 AM
And one's already sold!

07-02-2010, 11:07 AM
Nice work Dave. You made quick work of them indeed.

Ahnko Honu
07-02-2010, 12:10 PM
In my most humble and totally unbiased opinion that Koa pineapple has to be your finest work. Someone got an excellent instrument at a great price. Was the buyer a forum member?

dave g
07-03-2010, 08:28 AM
Thanks! The pineapple is still up for sale. The figure-eight I'm holding for a cousin of mine who is coming to visit next week.