View Full Version : All you uke makers, I MAY have a special offer for you.

05-30-2014, 11:27 AM
First off, I want to say I know NOTHING about making ukes. So, if none of this works, sorry for wasting your time.

Here's the deal: my grandfather-in-law has LOTS of black walnut trees he'll be removing from his property. If black walnut is a good ukulele wood, would you interested in getting some of it?

I can't quote any prices at this point, and I'm not sure how the wood would be delivered. I don't know what would have to be done to "process" the wood so it would be useful to you (cut it into boards? get it to you as logs?).

I'm simply asking to see if anyone would be interested. (I'm thinking one tree could supply lots of ukes! But again, what do I know?) I'd hate for these trees to simply become someone's campfire.

He's located in southern Wisconsin, USA. Let me know if you want more details or if this is a total waste of time.

05-30-2014, 12:44 PM
Have you considered posting this in the UU Luthiers Lounge board?

Rick Turner
05-31-2014, 10:11 AM
Black walnut makes for very, very nice ukes...tops, backs, and sides, or very nice guitar backs and sides. It must be cut correctly, though, and then dried properly. Most sawmill operators just slab away at a log leaving very little of the wood properly quartersawn, and much is cut to inappropriate lengths. I like getting billets of quartersawn wet wood, and then I resaw close to final desired thickness, and then dry the wood down to between 6% and 8% MC and allow the wood to season through a number of changes in humidity. There's a science and an art to it.

I'd be happy to discuss this with you, but there's more to it than I can easily type out in a typical reply here. rick@rickturnerguitars.com