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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbuck View Post
    Here is an odd ball one from me ..a mahogany uke with a spruce top ? It should look pretty if I put some black bindings on it.
    B424818C-E25B-408D-9F51-270402B2034C by Ken Timms, on Flickr
    I think it would be lovely with black binding! Sure hope you do add it!

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    French Polishing the Maple Mezzo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusepo View Post
    A baroque mandolin almost completed...


    Oh, come on! That's just too nice. I can't be real. I'm kidding, of course. I'm basically a plywood and 2x4 carpenter.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbuck View Post
    Here is an odd ball one from me ..a mahogany uke with a spruce top ? It should look pretty if I put some black bindings on it.
    Excellent!
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    I am finding that fitting the ribs for this dombra is very challenging. I had to bend a new piece for the last rib because the first one I made ended up too narrow to fill the gap. I have resigned myself to the fact that all the joints on this first attempt will not be perfect, and I intend to reinforce the joints internally with some fabric. A great luthiery learning experience! (That's tea in the mug, by the way).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Snape View Post
    I am finding that fitting the ribs for this dombra is very challenging. I had to bend a new piece for the last rib because the first one I made ended up too narrow to fill the gap. I have resigned myself to the fact that all the joints on this first attempt will not be perfect, and I intend to reinforce the joints internally with some fabric. A great luthiery learning experience! (That's tea in the mug, by the way).
    That's quite an operation. Since you're from Maine, I'll ask if you know Joel Ekhaus, a prolific builder of stringed instruments.

    Oh, it looks like he's retiring. https://www.earnestinstruments.com/e...-joel-eckhaus/
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    Hi Jerry - I don't know Joel Eckhaus personally, but I know of his work. He graciously hosted me at his shop in Portland about 15 years ago and showed me how he worked. At the time he was busy making and marketing his Tulelele model. I also remember a number of vintage tenor guitars hanging around, which seemed to be a particular interest of his. I had just begun building ukuleles and I had two or three of my first examples in the the car. He asked to see them. These examples were all finished well, but over braced and heavy, so pretty dead sound wise. Still, he was polite and had encouraging comments.

    This is a photo of some Earnest instruments he had on display at the 2018 Luthier's Exhibition in Hallowell Maine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Snape View Post
    Hi Jerry - I don't know Joel Eckhaus personally, but I know of his work. He graciously hosted me at his shop in Portland about 15 years ago and showed me how he worked. At the time he was busy making and marketing his Tulelele model. I also remember a number of vintage tenor guitars hanging around, which seemed to be a particular interest of his. I had just begun building ukuleles and I had two or three of my first examples in the the car. He asked to see them. These examples were all finished well, but over braced and heavy, so pretty dead sound wise. Still, he was polite and had encouraging comments.

    This is a photo of some Earnest instruments he had on display at the 2018 Luthier's Exhibition in Hallowell Maine.

    Earnest_instruments
    I met Joel at the uke fest n Ashokan, about two miles from me a few years ago. Years later, I bought a 1944 Martin from him. He had replaced the damaged top with spruce.

    Joel is a good player, too. He explained how he learned from Roy Smeck. Let me see if I can find a picture. Yep - May, 2015.

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    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Snape View Post
    I am finding that fitting the ribs for this dombra is very challenging.
    Looks great so far. If I may offer some advice, I'd reccomend to start with the centre rib and work outwards. This will make it easier (as well as practice).
    I am a luthier specialising in historical and world stringed instruments. You can see more info at my website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusepo View Post
    Looks great so far. If I may offer some advice, I'd reccomend to start with the centre rib and work outwards. This will make it easier (as well as practice).
    Okay, I'll try that next time. Thanks for the advice.

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