Foggy mornings are the harbingers of beautiful balmy days, and although we need rain, the weather is just too pleasant to begrudge the sunshine.
From the bedroom window .....
The joey only leaves the pouch for short intervals, and is soon back inside.
Springtime also means that the Hastings Woodworkers Guild Annual Show and Exhibition is just around the corner. It is all systems go, to get things ready and items finished.
The ukulele is almost done.
Adding the fret-wires
Fretwire comes in rolls or lengths. This pack came by the pound, in 12 inch lengths. It is the narrower type - suitable for ukuleles and mandolins.
I have had no end of trouble with the shellac finish. Six coats were applied without incident, but from the seventh coat onwards, I have had an opaque milky finish appear after drying - and it looks horrible.
After washing with alcohol and sanding, additional coats dried no better, and I was becoming very discouraged.
One of the old hands at the Woodies Shed suggested drying it quickly after an application, by using a hair drier.
Success! Of course the girls aren't happy that the hair drier is down at the shed, but hey - get your priorities right!
The surface dries clean, and is gaining the gloss of finished shellac.
It is at the point (15 or 16 coats - not sure) where I can't see any improvement from successive coats, so I will leave it there and lacquer the neck, before stringing it.
Next post, I'll show off the finished ukulele, as well as some of the items I'll be putting in the HWWG Exhibition.
In the meantime here is an excerpt from Stravinsky's Rite of Spring:
This ballet caused a riot when it was first performed in 1913. It begins with bassoon - I wonder if he considered beginning with ukulele .........
The full score is HERE