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    I'm starting to plan my uke build while I finish school. (It's good that other obligations are slowing me down so I don't take this too fast and screw something up.)

    Right now my plan is to do some pyrography (wood burning) then finish with Tru-oil. The kit is unfinished wood, so shouldn't be a problem there. One of my other hobbies is mountain biking, so I'm going with that theme. Instead of a rosette, I'm going to wood burn a chain ring. The head will get a back diamond (same meaning as in skiing) and a mountain range. See below for mock-ups I threw together in software.

    I think I want something on the back as well, since it's such a large blank canvas. But I'm stuck for ideas. Anyone feeling creative that wants to suggest some ideas? Maybe something clean and simple like a bike chain running right down the center of the back?

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    I guess my creative juices are flowing. Just mocked-up the chain idea for the back.

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    How could it be anything other than tyre tracks?
    No need to mock it up. Just leave it on the driveway and ride over it a few times. Or if feeling a little less brave run the tyre across it gently upside down.
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    You first.

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    I like using pyrography to decorate ukes. Some years back I made a ukulele-type instrument based on the Kabosy of Madagascar. I burned an image of a Lemur on the back.

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    I did some research to see whether it was a good idea or not to wood burn instruments and came across that lemur uke. Great job! It's part of what convinced me to give this a try.

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    Believe it or not, this is wood burning. Not by me of course, I just had the pleasure to see the instrument.
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    I burned a feather on the top of my first uke build. It tuned out nice, though the Mahogany darkened more than I expected with the finish. As a casual biker myself, I like your mtb theme. My current uke project has a Redwood top, and I haven't decided on a pyrography theme yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukantor View Post
    I like using pyrography to decorate ukes. Some years back I made a ukulele-type instrument based on the Kabosy of Madagascar. I burned an image of a Lemur on the back.

    Kabosy-uke 011 (resized).jpg
    I meant to ask you... did you freehand that, or transfer the image onto the wood and then burn along the outline? If the latter, how did you transfer the image?

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    Hi S for R,

    I scaled up the drawing from a small photo, using the squared paper method. Then I transferred the image onto the bare wood using carbon paper (remember that stuff?). Dark pencil lead scribbled onto the back of the drawing also works. You need only a very faint image - the more faint, the better, really. You don't want to press it into the surface of the wood.

    My pyrography pen resembles a narrow soldering iron - just a cheap thing I bought on line. Any remaining traces of the carbon paper are removed by light sanding.

    It's very satisfying for someone like me, with no artistic background at all.

    John Colter.

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