October 4, 2009

A weekend in the workshop

Spent most of the weekend working on a neck for a cigarbox ukulele. It looked like this when i started working on it Saturday afternoon...
Click on the images to ZOOM! Then i tackled it with chisels, wood grater, spoke shaver, files, & a sander. First knocking out the form and then gradually shaping it. I have an idea of it's general shape but the details come out during the work. Sometimes i had a small mishap, usually when chiseling too vigourously. So then i had to work with the mistake which also changed things a bit. (That chiseling business is tricky by the way. I'm still working on mastering it. But the wood grater is my friend.) After a whole hell of a lot of filing and sanding it turned out like this. Still a bit of fine sanding to do but it's looking pretty damn good. Quite elegant i'd say....

5 comments:

HumbleUker said...

Shelley - Thanks for sharing your work-in-progress photos. The neck is looking great. HU / Jeff

Jim Linderman said...

Nice!

Andy Stone And His Guitar Creations said...

Ok I have photos now and your work beautiful, it puts mine to shame!
But saying that I still love my uke! :0)

dad said...

shelley, you're darling. I like the way you raise your eyebrows when you sustain a note. wonderful

Shelley Rickey said...

Hi Y'all.
Hi DAD!
Thanks! I wish i could say i've made more progress on it but unfortunately it has to take a backseat to other projects...Like recording, which we're doing now. No wait a minute. We are actually screwing around with equipment we know nothing about. Think it's time to make our own wax cylinder now...got to go.