My latest project

Wastella

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I started building ukes from old gas cans, cigar boxes and all manner of garbage, but do mostly wooden things now. I am very much an amateur, but I am addicted to always having something going. Have even started building mandolinettos which are a hoot. Anyhow, this is my almost complete project. The finish needs a bit of work, the saddle is a mockup, but it is playing.

I ran across a picture of an old LaPrevotte guitar a couple years ago and was fascinated. It was a shape that was somber and made me a bit sad. That was my inspiration. Anyways, just wanted to share.

I could've worked around the whorl in the cedar top, but decided to embrace it. Cherry back and sides from an old mantle and wenge bridge, fb and overlay.
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Joel
 
It looks surprised!

I'm a fan of embracing "defects" in wood like that.

I like the way the concave curve on the bridge echos the curve on the bottom of the fretboard, and I like the orientation of the grain on the back, so it forms a vee shape down the middle.
 
Very nice. The whole instrument has a "flow" to it.
 
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