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Working on a travel soprano.
The body is purpleheart (yes, that is the real color of the wood) fingerboard is bubinga, and the neck is a rare species called frankenwood. ;) DSCI0067.JPG
 

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Nope, just wanted a house up in the trees. 😁 It overlooks the Wisconsin River, and we are not in a flood zone at all.
 
Ditsonesque tenor in walnut with flamed maple bindings. Flamed maple rosette and headstock overlay.
 

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I spent about 2.5 hours today milling a plank of Macassar Ebony into fretboard and bridge blanks plus binding strips for my newest project. I've never been very good at keeping notes on my builds, so with this one (#16) I'm keeping a log to have a better idea of how much time I spend at each operation.
 
Resawing a Cherry tree I felled in my brothers garden and milled up about 6 or 7 years ago.
Will be a Terz bodied cutaway octave mandolin for his 50th birthday.
Will have a 3 piece back after removing that knotty section in the middle.
 

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The first of 3 50th birthday instruments for my brothers (and now overdue 🙄😂) ready for final sanding and scraping.
Super concert, Sinker redwood brought over from the states by the youngest of the 3 who lives in NJ. Bog oak back and sides with Kew Gardens Walnut (reportedly planted by Queen Victoria as a child) centre strip and end graft.
Back braces and bindings of Mahogany from the window frames of my children’s replaced bedroom window. Internal blocks of Willow felled in our parents garden and soundboard bracing of Douglas Fir from the roof of Winston Churchill’s War Room, or so I was told by the original owner, an unnamed relatively high ranking official. I acquired offcuts after doing some works on their property.
The neck is of reclaimed mahogany from a church in BS5 , the post code of his first house, the fretboard and bridge also bog oak. Fretboard markers in oak from a tree in our parents garden that he grew from an acorn in a bucket when we were children and greenheart salvaged from Falmouth Pier.
Finally headstock veneer in reclaimed oak from a whisky barrel used at a cider brewery owned by my friend where he worked for for 2 years.
My next brothers 50th is in April, and the one after that next May 🙄🤯😂
 

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The first of 3 50th birthday instruments for my brothers (and now overdue 🙄😂) ready for final sanding and scraping.
Super concert, Sinker redwood brought over from the states by the youngest of the 3 who lives in NJ. Bog oak back and sides with Kew Gardens Walnut (reportedly planted by Queen Victoria as a child) centre strip and end graft.
Back braces and bindings of Mahogany from the window frames of my children’s replaced bedroom window. Internal blocks of Willow felled in our parents garden and soundboard bracing of Douglas Fir from the roof of Winston Churchill’s War Room, or so I was told by the original owner, an unnamed relatively high ranking official. I acquired offcuts after doing some works on their property.
The neck is of reclaimed mahogany from a church in BS5 , the post code of his first house, the fretboard and bridge also bog oak. Fretboard markers in oak from a tree in our parents garden that he grew from an acorn in a bucket when we were children and greenheart salvaged from Falmouth Pier.
Finally headstock veneer in reclaimed oak from a whisky barrel used at a cider brewery owned by my friend where he worked for for 2 years.
My next brothers 50th is in April, and the one after that next May 🙄🤯😂
I love using reclaimed and/or salvaged wood, but you have taken it to a new level. Impressive.
 
I love using reclaimed and/or salvaged wood, but you have taken it to a new level. Impressive.
Thanks. This particular brother in question has a bit of a penchant for history and provenance, particularly family based, so hopefully will tick the boxes for him.
Anything non native I use is always salvaged or reclaimed (disclaimer: I did buy a few billets of black limba I came across and just couldn’t resist for a once only treat)
Most of my stash is from trees I have felled myself over the years, or logs I’ve acquired locally.
Apart from walnut. I have a ‘walnut guy’ that gets the best stuff , and I pay top dollar for sets from him periodically.
I have a walnut baritone starting imminently with a new body shape I’m rather happy with.
 
Got a new blade this morning and have just resawn some Black Limba, top back and sides for a Size 5 Terz clone.
And a piece of reclaimed Wenge I’ve been carrying about for about 5 years. It was painted gloss grey with ‘cupboard no.10’ written down one side, amongst a bunch of pieces I acquired from a closing down reclamation yard opposite my old house.
 

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