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Pete Howlett
06-18-2014, 11:04 AM
Most people go for the wildly variegated figure that is available in myrtle. I prefer the 'sap' colour and restrained figure. If you live in the US this is definitely a contender in 'the best value for money all round tonewood' stakes! Apart from being pretty and very easy to bend, it requires little or no grain-filling. I have another 40 sets of this stuff - very impressed with how it sounds also.

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06-18-2014, 11:07 AM
Aloha Pete, I really like your ukuleles!
I played Seeso's at UWC. Dreamy!
Keep up the great work!

06-18-2014, 11:14 AM
Very beautiful instrument! I love the natural wood grains and coloring. I'm sure it sounds just as beautiful.

I'm not a builder, so I don't know the first thing about good woods to work with for building instruments. Lately I've been drooling over the instruments I've seen built with Tiger Myrtle, and today I found the ones that were built with Sassafras. Too many beautiful choices for the day that I can afford to have someone build a custom instrument for me.

06-18-2014, 01:38 PM
Really nice ukulele, Pete. I like the 'moon' inlay in the head.


Michael Smith
06-18-2014, 02:45 PM
That is a really beautiful ukulele. Myrtle is firewood here in Northern CA. I have no idea why so few mill it. It starts out beautiful and gets more beautiful as it ages.

06-18-2014, 02:51 PM
That is really beautiful. The myrtle is great. Based on sound samples from Mya Moe (who use the wood a lot), I firmly believe that myrtle will someday be the mainland equivalent of Koa for ukes. One advantage that I value a lot is that it is so sustainable compared to koa.

Nice work!

06-20-2014, 07:05 AM
Beautiful work Pete! Welcome to the darkside of guitar looking ukuleles :)