|Project by wallybob||posted 11-09-2012 07:24 PM||1035 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
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