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by seeaxe
Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Newbie in Canterbury NZ
Replies: 2
Views: 455

Re: Newbie in Canterbury NZ

Kia Ora Kevin There are a few NZ builders on here, but I think mostly in the winterless north.... I'm in Auckland. I started with the idea of building one in my twenties (got fed up with not seeing any good quality lefties on the shops) but it was late forties before I actually managed it. Has been ...
by seeaxe
Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Makore and Lutz Tenor with Scrimshaw Inlay
Replies: 9
Views: 1269

Re: Makore and Lutz Tenor with Scrimshaw Inlay

That's lovely Allen, a beautiful piece of work. Sounds great too. As if your ukes were not amazing enough already, now, with pointillism!! These latest ones seem to me to be as much about art as about instrument. You could be described equally well either as a luthier that builds artistic instrument...
by seeaxe
Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Selection of timber - e.g Sapele
Replies: 11
Views: 1460

Re: Selection of timber - e.g Sapele

Well if you do decide to come up let me know and I can ferry you around the various places, if that helps. Always fun to have a nosey.
Cheers
by seeaxe
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Selection of timber - e.g Sapele
Replies: 11
Views: 1460

Re: Selection of timber - e.g Sapele

Hi Richard, another Richard here in Auckland. My thoughts for what its wroth There's plenty of wood for guitars in NZ, just not the "usual suspects" I have found Timspec in Auckland have been very helpful and used to have a stack of random hard wood out the back that they were happy for me to rifle ...
by seeaxe
Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Lefty Build
Replies: 5
Views: 1444

Re: Lefty Build

Being a lefty myself most of mine are built cackhanded. From my reading including iirc the Gore Gilet books I have concluded there is no right and left side of the soundboard. So if it's a classical or non cutaway SS then you don't need to flip the bracing. ( you will find plenty of people who will ...
by seeaxe
Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stew Mac shipping - warning
Replies: 26
Views: 3855

Re: Stew Mac shipping - warning

Ill chip in too. Nothing recently but I've ordered more stuff than I care to think about from Stewmac over the years and always found their delivery service was first class. DHL were superb and the detailed tracking information tremendous. I enjoyed watching it travel across the world from Ohio (iir...
by seeaxe
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tele Thinline Build
Replies: 40
Views: 7303

Re: Tele Thinline Build

No one else has mentioned it so I'm going to leap right in here, apologies if you already know all this!! With two lots of tear out I'm wondering whether you're aware of "climb" cuts on the router?? From the looks of the outside tear out, you were routing from the bottom of the guitar towards the ou...
by seeaxe
Sat May 18, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Build #2: Steel String
Replies: 16
Views: 2162

Re: Build #2: Steel String

Lovely! You're the only one who will see the mistakes. Blackwood has to be one of the best looking back and sides out there. Sounds great too.

I like wabisabi a lot, especially on my tuna.
by seeaxe
Sat May 18, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: New Build : Southern Cross Banjo Uke Tenor
Replies: 4
Views: 840

Re: New Build : Southern Cross Banjo Uke Tenor

That looks great!

As it happens, I tootled on my bike down the back way from Raglan through Kawhia to Mokau a few weeks ago and was thinking as I rode through there..."this looks like banjo country......"
by seeaxe
Mon May 06, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Slow neck carving
Replies: 21
Views: 2722

Re: Slow neck carving

I have no idea how long my ones took me but its the most satisfying part of building a guitar for me. Forming of the typical Spanish pointy heel from a rough block of wood is about the most directly sculpturally creative thing I ever do. All that really very complex compound curvature and I can shap...
by seeaxe
Mon May 06, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.
Replies: 96
Views: 11507

Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Thought I would share how I make Rosewood bindings go further by splitting them in half without the kerf of the saw robbing me of the wood. I like to use very thin dainty bindings that do not stand out in the face too much. It's important to keep the fourth and fifth fingers as in the pic so as to ...
by seeaxe
Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Old Hofner resurrection (2nd attempt)
Replies: 3
Views: 1253

Re: Old Hofner resurrection (2nd attempt)

In the world of vintage motorbikes that would be called an "oily rag" restoration - minimal paint work, just get it clean and running.
Well done. I bet it will sound great.
by seeaxe
Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Concert Uke with Bevel Cutaway
Replies: 9
Views: 1639

Re: Concert Uke with Bevel Cutaway

And the bar goes yet higher... A beautiful piece of art that happens to also be a ukulele.

I actually don't like the back pattern, but have only admiration for the skill level. Every time I look at your ukes I have to restrain myself from reaching for my credit card. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous.
by seeaxe
Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Slim-line Tenor Ukulele
Replies: 8
Views: 1600

Re: Slim-line Tenor Ukulele

Lovely uke and lucky girl.
+1 on the heart shaped sound hole, that looks so right with that grain.
by seeaxe
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.
Replies: 96
Views: 11507

Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

I am too enthusiasticic . Back to the cave ..best way ! Pete You cant be too enthusiastic Pete, its great to see someone get really excited about what they are doing. Good luck with the build, not that you will need it its looking good. I've got a japanese pull saw but not much else. They are prett...
by seeaxe
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bad Router Day
Replies: 5
Views: 1268

Re: Bad Router Day

Been there, done that. Mine was on a cedar top. I patched it with a piece from the same top but after several years it still sticks out like the proverbial dogs bollocks. Its pretty much the first thing I see whenever I pick it up. In hindsight I might have been better off to have put paua shell or ...
by seeaxe
Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What am I doing here?
Replies: 30
Views: 4536

Re: What am I doing here?

Hi and belated welcome "I am guessing I should start with cheapish timber so that the mistakes won't hurt too much" While this seems entirely logical, its been my experience (and that of a lot of other people as well I think) that you are likely to be surprised how well the first one turns out. You ...
by seeaxe
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New build advice, on plans I've drawn.
Replies: 17
Views: 2477

Re: New build advice, on plans I've drawn.

Hi Martin I'm assuming from the Timspec comment that you are in NZ and possibly in Auckland. If you are and would like to meet up for a chat I'm happy to do that. Ive bought wood from timspec and they were really good. An established local builder gets his cedar for tops from Herman Pacific in Silve...
by seeaxe
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Selling my Luthiery wood and tools - retired
Replies: 17
Views: 4474

Re: Selling my Luthiery wood and tools - retired

Not interested (only because I'm over here on the mainland and not on the West Island) but it's an interesting conundrum isn't it? If you are a player and get into luthiery to build your perfect guitar, the sooner you get to build one you're happy with the quicker all that gear and left over wood is...
by seeaxe
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Guitar Workshop Build Video Slide Show
Replies: 2
Views: 3494

Re: Guitar Workshop Build Video Slide Show

Hi Wayne Haven't been here for a while so only just watched this, looks like a great project. Must be very satisfying working in there. And seeing as I'm late to the party, anything you would do differently if you were doing it again? I wondered if the floor (looks lovely btw) might be slippery with...
by seeaxe
Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Lutz and Blackwood classical
Replies: 13
Views: 5304

Re: Lutz and Blackwood classical

Before and after pics..

in 2012
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and in 2018
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by seeaxe
Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Attention all Lurkers
Replies: 41
Views: 16102

Re: Attention all Lurkers

Hi guys, you lot still here then? :D I look in from time to time but haven't been building anything for a while, life has been a bit busy with grandkids and motorbikes and actually learning to play the guitar I made. I've got a pile wood ready to go though and will hopefully one day get back to buil...
by seeaxe
Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Home/workshop recording studio setup help
Replies: 16
Views: 4135

Re: Home/workshop recording studio setup help

Hi Trent I've been trying to build up a set of recordings of my repertoire so set up a simple system that a non tech person like me can handle. I suspect I only use about 1% of its capability but I like to keep things simple. My recordings are my " homework" I take to the next lesson. I find the pro...
by seeaxe
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: More Stephanie Jones
Replies: 1
Views: 2203

Re: More Stephanie Jones

Hi Bruce
I saw that one...am subscribed to her you tube channel. Lovely tone as ever. The dedication explains the selection of the piece I guess.

Im hoping she finds her way to NZ again one of these days. I don't go to many concerts but I would go to that.

Thanks for posting!
Richard
by seeaxe
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Stephanie Jones
Replies: 1
Views: 1859

Stephanie Jones

Hey peeps, bit quiet in here!!!! I have posted here before about Stephanie Jones, she comes from Perth but has been studying in Germany for a while. This is from her graduation performance. I can't think of a better reason for making guitars than the thought that someone someday might make one of mi...