Tumbling Pines

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Project by wallybob posted 11-09-2012 07:24 PM 1411 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just completed this ukulele, which will be donated to the Carter Center Auction for 2013. The auction will be held in San Diego in February. I am honored to say that last year I made my first donation to the Carter Center, another all urban wood ukulele, and someone was very generous and donated $9500.00 to take it home.

As I have mentioned before on Lumberjocks, I volunteer at a local junior college where I have access to a sawmill and a variety of woods not available to most woodworkers. This ukulele is made of all urban wood processed at school. The sides and back are made of Torrey Pine, Pinus torreyana, is the rarest pine species in the United States, an endangered species growing only in San Diego County and on one of the Channel Islands, endemic to the coastal sage and chaparral ecoregion in the U.S. state of California. I believe that our school is the only place where the wood can be obtained and used by students and faculty. If a tree has to be removed or is felled by other means the State Park Department allows the school to process and utilize the wood to prevent it from going to the landfill. The top and all internal bracing are made of Bunya, Araucaria bidwillii, a tree native to Australia. The headstock veneer, fret board and bridge are made from local spalted sycamore.

I have been told by several ukulele players, I’m a amateur woodworker not a player, that it plays and sounds great.

Thanks for looking,

All urban wood tenor ukulele

Back and sides – Torrey Pine

Top and all bracing – Bunya

Headstock veneer, fret board, bridge – Spalted Sycamore

Nut and Saddle – Curly Eucalyptus

Tuners – Gotoh Minis

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#1 posted 11-09-2012 07:40 PM

That is an exceptional kind of work! Are you happy with the sound?

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#2 posted 11-10-2012 02:05 AM

that is truly a one of a kind. love the wood source detail.

-- If I can't make it, I probably don't need it.

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#3 posted 11-10-2012 09:39 AM

Gorgeous work.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 11-10-2012 06:00 PM

Great work, and thanks for doing the donation and your helping a great cause

-- jim

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