We’re in the home stretch now. Here’s another update from Jerry Hoffmann as he continues work on my custom Boat Paddle ukulele …
Jerry: Hi Julie, Your ukulele is really taking shape now. The “box” is closed up and only needs binding for completion. The neck still needs the head stock finished, the frets installed, then final shaping. I do have one last choice for you on the headstock overlay. The materials I generally use for this are ebony, rosewood, and mahogany. None of these seem to work too well, but I have some redwood burl that might work (shown in the photo temporarily mounted to the head stock). If this choice is okay with you, I’ll finish up the neck. After final sanding, the finish goes on. It takes about two weeks for the finish to fully dry before buffing.
Here are the two plates that make up the top being joined.
This is just before gluing on the back.
The color of the wood will be darker and richer in appearance than shown here, and there will be more
contrast between the top and sides.
Close up of the redwood burl with maple boat paddle logo inlay.
I think the burl wood peghead overlay will look terrific, so I told Jerry to go with it. So far all the changes to my original order that he has proposed, have been great upgrades. We’re really getting close to the finished instrument now.