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by Graham McDonald
Sun Mar 21, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The perils of international shipping
Replies: 2
Views: 464

The perils of international shipping

A warning to anyone who is thinking about using Pack & Send Australia to send musical instruments within Australia or overseas. They are, annoyingly, not very interested in responding to warranty claims for damage. I recently sent a guitar bodied bouzouki to the US (describing it as a guitar for con...
by Graham McDonald
Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Shipping to America
Replies: 2
Views: 903

Shipping to America

Had a nibble about bouzouki commission which would have to be shipped to the US. I haven't sent anything bigger than a mandolin overseas for several years and have no idea what might be the best option for shipping a bouzouki, likely to be in a guitar case, to America. As well, what might be current...
by Graham McDonald
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 3D printing and bronze casting
Replies: 4
Views: 2027

Re: 3D printing and bronze casting

Thank you. I will draw it up this afternoon.
Graham
by Graham McDonald
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 3D printing and bronze casting
Replies: 4
Views: 2027

3D printing and bronze casting

I am investigating making a small run of cast bronze mandolin tailpieces for a mandolin quartet building project. I am thinking that a 3D printed prototype might be used for the casting mould. I know little about 3D printing and less about casting bronze, so all suggestions welcomed. An alternative ...
by Graham McDonald
Sat May 30, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Moving to the Desert
Replies: 10
Views: 3340

Re: Moving to the Desert

Lillian I am sure we will eventually get to meet and have lunch, pandemics permitting. Your move could be another excuse to go back to New Mexico. You will have a very different climatic environment there. I was in Santa Fe for a few days some years back in mid-year and it was single digit humidity....
by Graham McDonald
Fri May 22, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Courier recommendation
Replies: 8
Views: 3308

Re: Courier recommendation

Try Interparcel. They got a ukulele to Mauritius for me last year remarkably cheaply.

Cheers
by Graham McDonald
Mon May 18, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: A new classical mandolin
Replies: 9
Views: 3460

Re: A new classical mandolin

Rhodosphaera rhodanthema is the tree, didn't know it was called deep yellowwood. Thank you for that info. Could you take a photo of your tree and post it. I have no idea what the tree might look like! If I am still building in 15 years, keep me in mind if you cut it down 8-) It really is a very good...
by Graham McDonald
Fri May 15, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: A new classical mandolin
Replies: 9
Views: 3460

A new classical mandolin

Just strung up this morning, a classical mandolin, for want of a better term. 13" scale, with a body inspired by a carved top Italian mandolin I found a photo of years ago. The soundboard is Sitka, carved to an arching height of 1/2", graduated a little thinner than normal and X braced. The body is ...
by Graham McDonald
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tenor Ukulele - Tiger Myrtle / King Billy
Replies: 8
Views: 3825

Re: Tenor Ukulele - Tiger Myrtle / King Billy

You are making allowance for the soundboard before gluing the neck and sides together .... :D
by Graham McDonald
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New guinea rosewood finger board and bridge
Replies: 7
Views: 3814

Re: New guinea rosewood finger board and bridge

A number of classical guitar builders in the modern Smallman style use NG Rosewood bridges. I don't know of any use as a fingerboard material. The large pores of the wood might be a drawback

Cheers
by Graham McDonald
Sat Apr 25, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Figured Brigalow
Replies: 4
Views: 2045

Re: Figured Brigalow

All sorted I think. Graham at Loggerheads says he has lots!
by Graham McDonald
Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Figured Brigalow
Replies: 4
Views: 2045

Re: Figured Brigalow

I had not contacted Graham at Loggerheads, as he only lists Gidgee and Mulga, but I have now!

We will see what happens

Cheers
by Graham McDonald
Fri Apr 24, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Figured Brigalow
Replies: 4
Views: 2045

Figured Brigalow

Can anyone point me in the direction of some figured Brigalow for fretboards, I thought Pete McCurley might be a possibility, but he does not seem very contactable?

Thanks

Graham
by Graham McDonald
Thu Apr 23, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Newbie trying to shift frequencies
Replies: 5
Views: 2526

Re: Newbie trying to shift frequencies

I would keep in mind that this is your second guitar, and while having these resonance targets to aim for might be good, we don't have any idea on what basis you are aiming for these specific frequencies (other than they are in the usual range of such things) or how you have built the guitar - mater...
by Graham McDonald
Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The Ukulele workshop manual
Replies: 26
Views: 16145

Re: The Ukulele workshop manual

Once we are allowed out again, we should organise another Canberra luthiers dinner at a cheap restaurant somewhere. There are a dozen or so of us who have been getting together a couple of times a year and you would be more than welcome Bob. Hope you find the book useful.
by Graham McDonald
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Violins
Replies: 8
Views: 5323

Re: Violins

I have long been a fan of the late Henry Strobel's book on violin making. Simple and step by step. For what it is worth he suggests the top resonance should be around F#, which I have found works well. The other important factor is the weight of the plates. H S Wake's violin building book is also a ...
by Graham McDonald
Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Truss rod Installation
Replies: 6
Views: 4523

Re: Truss rod Installation

Depends on on neck attachment and style of truss rod, but essentially the installation is exactly the same. The adjusting nut wants to be close to the heel end of the neck and you will need to drill holes through the neck block and the upper transverse brace that line up with the adjusting nut. Putt...
by Graham McDonald
Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The Ukulele workshop manual
Replies: 26
Views: 16145

Re: The Ukulele workshop manual

If anyone has bought a copy through Amazon and found the book useful, any short reviews on the Amazon page would be greatly appreciated.

The Amazon page is:
https://www.amazon.com/Ukulele-Illustra ... 226&sr=8-1

Cheers
by Graham McDonald
Sat Nov 23, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The Ukulele workshop manual
Replies: 26
Views: 16145

Re: The Ukulele workshop manual

Lillian,

Hopefully we can finally meet at the GAL convention next July. Looking forward to it.

Cheers
by Graham McDonald
Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bending Sides issue
Replies: 17
Views: 9441

Re: Bending Sides issue

The wood does not look very much like it is quartersawn, more back sawn with the grain is going across the thin piece of wood. As back sawn wood dries (and heating it with a hot air gun is drying it very quickly) it is going to cup in that way. With some timbers it does not matter very much. I suspe...
by Graham McDonald
Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Graham Caldersmith wood and memorial concert
Replies: 0
Views: 6119

Graham Caldersmith wood and memorial concert

Folks,

I have posted some info in the Buy, Sell, Swap forum about the availability of Graham's wood and there will be a memorial concert in Sydney at Linfield on November 23. Free, but bookings at eventbrite.com.au and search for Caldersmith.

Cheers

Graham
by Graham McDonald
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The Ukulele workshop manual
Replies: 26
Views: 16145

Re: The Ukulele workshop manual

Thank you for the heads up on Windows10. That is useful. Installing pubs on iPads can be tedious. One workaround is to use Dropbox to get the file onto the iPad and open it in Apple Books from Dropbox.

Cheers
by Graham McDonald
Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The Ukulele workshop manual
Replies: 26
Views: 16145

Re: The Ukulele workshop manual

Someone sent an email from the forum, which I can't see here on the forum, but the question was about plans. I have done drawings of each of the ukuleles which are included in the ePub downloads, but will need to be downloaded separately for the hard copy purchasers. I have done them as big plan-siz...
by Graham McDonald
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The Ukulele workshop manual
Replies: 26
Views: 16145

The Ukulele workshop manual

The first copies The Ukulele have arrived from the printer and are now available, at least in Australia, to anyone who would like to purchase a copy. Go to www.mcdonaldstrings.com/ukulelebook.html to order either a hard copy or an ePub version. It won't be available in the US or Canada for another f...
by Graham McDonald
Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: RIP Graham Caldersmith
Replies: 3
Views: 2636

RIP Graham Caldersmith

We have been away over the weekend and returned home to a phone message telling us that Graham Caldersmith died last Saturday. For those of you who didn't know him Graham was one of Australia's finest classical guitar and violin makers, a world renowned expert on how they worked in a acoustic scient...