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    I found interesting book Left-Brain Lutherie by David "Kawika" Hurd. Has anybody here read it? I really like Kawika's way to think about ukulele building. No just dos or donts. Thats book is about trying to understand more about physics and engineering concepts as they are actually applied to instrument building. The Book is not for sale anymore at Stewmac, but it can be ordered at ukuleles.com. What do you think?
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    There is an online website..by the same luthier David Hurd. All the info here http://www.ukuleles.com/HouseKeeping/sitemap.html
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    David over-thought everything. He's retired now.

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    Yes, I have and read the book.

    I spent several days with him about 10 years ago where he was going over and teaching a group of us about his methods in Albany, West Australia.

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    His method of gluing neck to body is interesting..Just a butt joint with epoxy.
    http://www.ukuleles.com/BuildingHowTo/neck2body.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Howlett View Post
    David over-thought everything. He's retired now.
    he certainly did. I ran into him at the grocery store once and he gave me a 20 minute lecture on bread flours!
    Chuck Moore
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    Yeah. That is hmm... interesting!
    "If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moore Bettah Ukuleles View Post
    he certainly did. I ran into him at the grocery store once and he gave me a 20 minute lecture on bread flours!
    Not more "Luthiers Bread" stuff I hope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moore Bettah Ukuleles View Post
    he certainly did. I ran into him at the grocery store once and he gave me a 20 minute lecture on bread flours!
    KING ARTHUR BREAD FLOUR!!!!!!!
    It is the best flour ive used but should be for $5 a bag!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbuck View Post
    His method of gluing neck to body is interesting..Just a butt joint with epoxy.
    http://www.ukuleles.com/BuildingHowTo/neck2body.html
    To my understanding, that's how Greg Smallman used to do it....his classical guitars are $30,000 each.

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