Greek meander binding

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Gordon Guttmann
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Greek meander binding

Post by Gordon Guttmann » Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:27 pm

I saw this binding pattern on a Stenzel and liked it very much. I gave it my best try and I think it looks nice against the Bocote, especially after it's French polished. Bocote and I do not get along as I found myself with allergic reactions to the wood. But, will enjoy it when its finished.
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Re: Greek meander binding

Post by Justfun » Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:33 pm

Looking great.
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Re: Greek meander binding

Post by beanctr » Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:06 pm

Very, very nice, looks like a lot of work! R
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Re: Greek meander binding

Post by vesa » Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:16 am

Good work Gordon.
Were the reactions so severe that you can´t work with bocote anymore?
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Re: Greek meander binding

Post by Gordon Guttmann » Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:20 pm

Thanks Vesa, Well face and hands covered with water blisters that when hardened up felt like I was wearing gloves and a mask on my face. Really not fun. I like the Bocote wood though. Bends well, planes well, small pores, fairly inexpensive, and nice looking. If I use Bocote again, I'll save it for summer and do the work outdoors.

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Re: Greek meander binding

Post by Doug Ingram » Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:38 pm

Wow! That's a LOT of meander! I've been putting off making some for too long.

Sorry to hear that you had such a strong reaction to the Bocote, that is very extreme. I've worked with it and had no reaction, I never assumed that anyone would have a reaction. It is a lovely wood.

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Re: Greek meander binding

Post by Alan Carruth » Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:27 pm

There are lots of things that attack tropical woods, so they have lots of defences. Many of these are chemical, and some of those may be toxic to more than just bugs and fungi. It's hardly surprising when somebody turns out to be sensitive to a wood that most find harmless. I had a stdent who was quite allergic to Indian rosewood. Allergies are noot something to mess with. If you've had even a slight reaction to something it's quite possible for the next one to be very serious indeed. The immune system learns quickly, but not always the right thing.

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Re: Greek meander binding

Post by Jim Frieson » Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:37 am

Nice looking instrument . Fine bocote too , all quartered like that is pretty rare . I had a friend who was a German wood dealer and helped him move wood sometimes , moved hundreds of bocote boards and saw very few like that .
I am one of those lucky types not allergic to anything except poison ivy but I know it can be violent reaction .
I lost my last apprentice due to his reaction to Spanish cedar . He suffered for a week .

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Re: Greek meander binding

Post by Jose Marques » Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:15 am

I started one ukulele with bocote
I didn't have any issue and i believe that is a good wood for classical as well

Can you,Wen finished, put here some sound sample ?
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Re: Greek meander binding

Post by Gordon Guttmann » Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:24 pm

I don't expect most people to have an unpleasant reaction to Bocote. I've never been allergic to anything in my life but now I've become sensitized and it's just been this past year. Well, it's not going to stop me from building. Also, I've not protected myself well from particulate matter.

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