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    Default Tenor Ukulele Photoset

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    Pencil Cedar front self colour - this stuff just 'blushes' then goes the most fantastic vintage orange all by itself.

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    Since this is going to Utah I've got the necessary CITES permit for the Indian Rosewood back and sides. The mahogany neck is stained the 'old fashioned' way (furniture restoration technique) using green and brown transparent lacquer to get a 'Victorian' mahogany look. Adjustable height Gohtos with ivoroid buttons gives it a further classic look.

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    It took me some time to get everything right with this inlay which I have now scaled to fit concert and super-tenor size instruments. I've also figured out a way to speed up the machining process. It only takes an hour now to cut the pocket and 20 minutes to cut the vine, signature and lines... that's the good news. It takes an awful lot longer than it used to with my progressive limited motor function to actually get the pearl into a fingerboard and head plate. Oh and I have to remember to blow ALL of the pearl dust out of the slots before I soak the board in water because pearl dust and water = casting plaster...

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    I've said it all - this is a gratuitous shot....

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    Lovely... I really like the "vintage orange" color of the top. How did you get it to take on that color?

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    Beautiful! Kudos to you..,

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    It's pencil cedar - it does it itself...

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    For reference: Pencil cedar (Juniperus virginiana) or what we call here in America eastern red cedar. Ref.: https://www.wood-database.com/aromatic-red-cedar/

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    Incense cedar is what my supplier calls it. It is harvested lumber from the Biscuit Fire of 2002... I like the name pencil cedar.I've done some preliminary research trying to find out which species were lost to the fire but most articles seems to focus on either the controversy of the largeness of it or the disputes over the salvage operation. My man got a log, I got some of this rare wood and that's my story. You may wish to try and rewrite it for me Seqoia but my source stands closer to the horse....

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    I would agree with "incense cedar", (Calocedrus decurrens) which is a western US species, and the Biscuit Fire was in southern Oregon and northern California. Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) is just that, an eastern species. It does not generally get very big, and often has many knots since it is quite rot resistant and the old small limbs do not rot away, so they poke through even the old parts of the tree down along the base of the trunk. Eastern red cedar is very aromatic, and this is what is used to line moth-proof closets and trunks. It cuts a vivid pink-purple that rather quickly changes to a warm orange-brown. Makes a good top. I have some nice billets that I got from some old trees the power company took down.

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    Are they for sale?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Howlett View Post
    You may wish to try and rewrite it for me Seqoia but my source stands closer to the horse....
    OK Pete. Correction: Calocedrus decurrens. https://www.wood-database.com/incense-cedar/

    This is where common names can lead to confusion. Juniperus virginiana and Calocedrus decurrens both have the common name "pencil cedar" but are not closely related woods.

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    Right, the "Eastern red cedar" is actually a juniper. Hence, the Genus name Juniperus.
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