Thanks for your encouraging comments Doug.Doug Ingram wrote:I've used Ash on a number of guitars and it works very well. I know of a least one buiilder (flamco) who swears by Larch. Go ahead and use the both.
Dear Alan, hi.Alan Clark wrote: ↑Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:24 pmThanks for your encouraging comments Doug.Doug Ingram wrote:I've used Ash on a number of guitars and it works very well. I know of a least one buiilder (flamco) who swears by Larch. Go ahead and use the both.
I've got all the wood for my "local" guitar cut up now, and going through its final drying stage. It's all in neat weighted piles in my warm dry study.
Using local woods is an addictive process, and I am now seeing useful wood everywhere. I work as a volunteer at my local Folk Museum, and we were thinning some trees out today, and I came home with a pristine round Willow log, for blocks and linings. If it was good enough for Stradivarius..... Our next job is to take a huge Blackthorn down that is threatening to fall onto a building. The Manager looks at this tree and sees a big potential problem. I just see pegs, fingerboards and bridges....
Dave, it was fairly hard work as you have no doubt guessed. I am in the middle of doing a classical guitar at the moment, and am making the neck and head from some old Honduras Mahogany, which came from an old table. Child's play by comparison. The mahogany is much easier to work. You only have to look sternly at it and it assumes whatever shape you want it to...
I have a couple of thin pieces of Laburnum. They won't do a guitar but they were bought for fingerboards for vihuelas. Exposed to UV and it gets dark in colour, pretty close to rosewood. I've been experimenting with a bit of varnish and I've used this laburnum as test pieces. I'll try and post a pic. If your logs are large enough for fretboards they'll make for a good alternative wood although I don't see a problem with having a joint down the centre if lack of width is an issue. Bridges should be easy.
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