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The Bard Rocks 07-09-2017 08:03 PM

entrances
 
Yes, I know the company. I replaced 2 in 4 years on houses that I rehabbed. Their lower prices sold a lot of boxes for a while, but inspectors hate them - and with good reason.

Guitars44me 07-09-2017 10:30 PM

My goodness...
 
This Maple is certainly drool worthy!

Beautiful axe and I agree with Mike/Woody about your wonderful photography skills.

Thanks for sharing! And may your herds increase!

Cheers

Paul

ukejon 07-10-2017 05:34 AM

Can't wait to hear that maple beauty....looks fantastic.

CaE 07-10-2017 06:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 5401967)
Hey Chris,

Yeah, you're right. Installation took a bit longer than anticipated. The saw runs on 240v which I had available but, then the issues began. Seems the circuit board that I have in my shop is from a company that went out of business a while ago. Apparently, they had circuit breaker issues that stuck and caused a lot of fires. They weren't real forth coming with the data. They were burning down about 2,000 houses a year. Sooo I had other things to worry about for awhile.

Yesterday I got it up and running. It's a Grizzly 22" 5hp saw that I'll use exclusively for resawing and straight cuts. It works wonderfully!

Mark

Electricity is a scary thing when done wrong. I do a lot of electrical work around my shop and home. I tend to over do things- just in case.

I'm glad to hear you've sorted things out and that your new "toy" is in place. It's great having a bandsaw set up for resaw/straight cuts and another for curves. I had that set-up for a long time. This year I sold one of my saws and got a bridgeport milling machine. I miss having 2 bandsaws, but I love having the ability to make precision tooling in house.

Mark Hatcher 07-10-2017 11:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Bard Rocks (Post 5402289)
Yes, I know the company. I replaced 2 in 4 years on houses that I rehabbed. Their lower prices sold a lot of boxes for a while, but inspectors hate them - and with good reason.

I wish this was pointed out early on, could have had it replaced before we bought

Quote:

Originally Posted by Guitars44me (Post 5402395)
This Maple is certainly drool worthy!

Beautiful axe and I agree with Mike/Woody about your wonderful photography skills.

Thanks for sharing! And may your herds increase!

Cheers

Paul

Thanks Paul,

Wait till the finish hits!

Quote:

Originally Posted by ukejon (Post 5402496)
Can't wait to hear that maple beauty....looks fantastic.

The tap tone worked out well when I was voicing it so I have high expectations.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chris Ensor (Post 5402525)
Electricity is a scary thing when done wrong. I do a lot of electrical work around my shop and home. I tend to over do things- just in case.

I'm glad to hear you've sorted things out and that your new "toy" is in place. It's great having a bandsaw set up for resaw/straight cuts and another for curves. I had that set-up for a long time. This year I sold one of my saws and got a bridgeport milling machine. I miss having 2 bandsaws, but I love having the ability to make precision tooling in house.

I've looked forward to getting this saw. I refuse to use a table saw as I don't work carefully enough to avoid being one of the 10,000 people a year they send to hospitals. It's a lot of fiddling around to set my table saw up for straight cutting, especially the way I normally have my saw set for curves.

Mark Hatcher 07-24-2017 11:55 AM

As a tone wood Redwood is a mixed bag. More than most woods Redwood varies from amazing to, well, crap. The opportunities to source really great Redwood are few so I don't pass it up when I can get the good stuff.
A couple months ago I was able to buy sets of legendary Carter woods and you'll see these on guitars that are scheduled on my upcoming build list.

Recently, I was able to buy some tunnel Redwood. This is from Southern Pacific Railroad's Siskiyou Summit Tunnel #14. You've likely heard of Tunnel #13 which was part of the same tunnels project that was built in the 1880ís using virgin Redwood timbers harvested in Southwestern Oregon. There are some fun stories that go along with this wood but, let me speak to a few of the things that make some of these timbers such great wood;

First, is simply that it is over 120 years old. It's fully matured tone wood and it sounds it but, it was great wood to begin with. The color and evenness of the straight grain is fabulous on this old growth wood;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4299/...bd026331_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4306/...ace00263_b.jpg

The age also helped enhance the wonderful sheen even on the raw wood;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4298/...7355f44a_c.jpg

These tops were expertly cut and well quartered;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4311/...0d7f44dc_c.jpg

Thirty grain lines per inch is a good count. These tops come in over at seventy! This contributes to exceptional long grain stiffness;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4307/...22f83190_c.jpg

Even with all of that stronger dark grain these tops are still lighter than an average Sitka top. Medullary grain lines or silking is a good sign of a well quartered top and their presents is an indicator for good cross grain stiffness;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4315/...1cb3ac6f_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4329/...a3640f55_c.jpg

I am making a few of these new sets available for custom orders so keep them in mind!

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4319/...11ec63af_c.jpg

Thanks!

islandguitar 07-24-2017 12:09 PM

Those are really gorgeous, Mark! I love my LS Redwood and I can see the same properties in the Tunnel RW. Question.....how do they track the provenance for the Tunnel 13 and 14 Redwood? With so many years in between, do sellers have a way to certify this wood? Obviously the physical appearance tells you this wood is special, but beyond that?

Mark Hatcher 07-24-2017 12:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by islandguitar (Post 5419212)
Those are really gorgeous, Mark! I love my LS Redwood and I can see the same properties in the Tunnel RW. Question.....how do they track the provenance for the Tunnel 13 and 14 Redwood? With so many years in between, do sellers have a way to certify this wood? Obviously the physical appearance tells you this wood is special, but beyond that?

Thanks. That Lucky Strike is awesome wood and that was the wood that showed me how good Redwood actually could get. Given the one-time small scale of these Redwood offerings there just wouldn't be a formalized certification process. In the case of the tunnel woods, the source of the woods is small, so your dealing with the people that actually got the wood on site.

The Carter top sets are coded and numbered. I suppose someone along the way could forge the handwritten coding but, they would be hard pressed to find wood that would even begin to pass for the Carter woods, particularly the exceptional named trees.

Diamondave 07-24-2017 12:44 PM

That Redwood gave me goose bumps..!

islandguitar 07-24-2017 02:28 PM

Thank you, Mark! Very interesting info, I appreciate it!
As you may have guessed,I love following this special Redwood from these great sources! :D
Thanks again,
Fred

Mark Hatcher 07-25-2017 04:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Diamondave (Post 5419263)
That Redwood gave me goose bumps..!

Me too! :)

Quote:

Originally Posted by islandguitar (Post 5419408)
Thank you, Mark! Very interesting info, I appreciate it!
As you may have guessed,I love following this special Redwood from these great sources! :D
Thanks again,
Fred

You're welcome Fred. I currently have Redwood tops from four of the Carter named trees and these tunnel 14 tops. Additionally, I have a few wild figured tops. What I don't have are sinker tops. The ones I had I threw out. I've heard there are some great sinker tops out there but, unfortunately, that hasn't yet been my experience.
In any case, since I have the best Redwood collection that I'll probably ever have you would be welcome to visit my studio here in New Hampshire and we could do a serious compare and contrast of the different tops.

islandguitar 07-25-2017 03:44 PM

My thanks, Mark!!

Mark Hatcher 07-27-2017 08:21 AM

Back to this Maple Greta while it's in the finish process;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4283/...16ed518e_c.jpg

We selected the gold Schertler tuners for this guitar and are going with custom wood buttons. These tuner buttons are made from the same Macassar Ebony used for the trim in the guitar;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4318/...43e7129f_c.jpg

And a close up;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4330/...d29fbcbe_c.jpg

Thanks for viewing!

Mark Hatcher 08-04-2017 02:37 PM

First coats of finish
 
The first gloss coats of finish are going on. The figure is starting to come alive!

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4417/...654dddb1_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4343/...1c2f1f73_b.jpg

Thanks for viewing!
Mark

cigarfan 08-04-2017 03:43 PM

Purdy, Purdy, Purdy. Pure eye candy!

Mark Hatcher 08-05-2017 04:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cigarfan (Post 5433386)
Purdy, Purdy, Purdy. Pure eye candy!

Thanks you cigarfan! I'm always amazed by how much finish brings out figure in Maple.

ukejon 08-05-2017 06:58 AM

Nothing like a great maple guitar....and this one is exceptional looking.

Mark Hatcher 08-06-2017 04:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ukejon (Post 5433921)
Nothing like a great maple guitar....and this one is exceptional looking.

Thanks ukejon, This guitar is a combination of some great woods on a clean design.

Mark Hatcher 08-07-2017 03:07 PM

Pull Saw
 
Every once in awhile you hear builders referring to Japanese pull saws. They are wonderful bench top saws to have around. Because they cut on the pull stroke the blades can be extremely thin which means they can cut fast removing very little wood. They are accurate and good ones leave a shiny cut surface.

I bought my first one about 15 years ago and I was extremely impressed. You could cut a brace to length even if it were already glued to a top. As it turned out I bought a Dozuki saw that happened to have the thinnest manufactured blade available. It was extremely sharp and a dream to work with. Not appreciating what I had and not having experience with this kind of saw I used it for all kinds of things, some of which I shouldn't have and soon I did a lot of damage to the blade. That is when I found out how much better this saw was than any other I tried. Every year or so I'd hit all the tool suppliers and the internet in general trying to find this specific saw. The only one I could find was on E-bay for $365 (mine cost about $40).

Boy, this is really sounding like an advertisement so I should say I have no relationship or connection with this company. This is more of a public service notice to other builders and proof to others how much we builders can love a good tool. So after about 15 years looking for this saw it is now starting to show up in places when you Google it. It's a Nakaya Dozuki cross cut saw #D210C and it's under $50 and it's one great saw!

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4368/...2a398c9e_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4379/...818b12df_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4433/...5ba8b4a1_c.jpg

stringjunky 08-08-2017 09:42 PM

I had a Japanese Kataba type and, like you, used it for things I shouldn't have done. Japanese saws are pretty peerless for clean and fast cutting. I plan on treating myself to this set sometime;

https://www.workshopheaven.com/set-o...-kugihiki.html

I could make myself poor with the stuff in there. :D

printer2 08-09-2017 06:49 PM

Well what do you know, a Canadian dealer, no duties or other border annoyances. I may spring for a replacement blade.

Mark Hatcher 08-19-2017 03:03 PM

Maple Greta finishing up
 
The finish is now on this Quilted Maple Greta. I'll work to set this one up and strung this coming week. She's a lefty;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4336/...25b006e3_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4411/...16429455_c.jpg

Only on more sister set of this maple left.
We have a maple leaf on the heel cap. I little detail that came up nicely under finish:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4348/...4d898772_c.jpg

Looking forward to getting her strung up next week!

Hierophant 08-20-2017 01:39 PM

I'm gazing at these photos for an hour or so and just can't tell how excited I am. Amazing! The back looks like crushed gold foil, it's just wonderful.

Mark Hatcher 08-20-2017 04:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hierophant (Post 5450647)
I'm gazing at these photos for an hour or so and just can't tell how excited I am. Amazing! The back looks like crushed gold foil, it's just wonderful.

Great! That's what I want to hear :)

Mark

Mark Hatcher 08-26-2017 04:11 PM

Strings are on
 
I have the strings on this Maple Greta. It's a dummy saddle for a week or so before I start final set up but, even with a walnut saddle she sounds good!

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4438/...7125f76c_c.jpghttps://farm5.staticflickr.com/4410/...77eabbcc_c.jpghttps://farm5.staticflickr.com/4403/...6f48fd05_c.jpg

Guitars44me 08-26-2017 05:18 PM

Very Beautiful!
 
Wow! What a looker!!!

Keep the pics coming. And congrats to the new owner.

Cheers

Paul

cigarfan 08-27-2017 02:40 AM

Beautiful guitar! Great pics. Is that a new stand?

CoolerKing 08-27-2017 02:47 AM

Awesome! Loving the maple.

WayneJohnson 08-27-2017 08:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 5457148)
I have the strings on this Maple Greta. It's a dummy saddle for a week or so before I start final set up but, even with a walnut saddle she sounds good!

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4438/...7125f76c_c.jpghttps://farm5.staticflickr.com/4410/...77eabbcc_c.jpghttps://farm5.staticflickr.com/4403/...6f48fd05_c.jpg

Mark, what a sweet display of your fine craftsmanship. totally inspiring. guitars should draw people to want to spend time with them and every time I see your work, I get this overwhelming desire to play one! Some day....... I am really glad this is what you do. Its what you should do. Awesome!

emmsone 08-27-2017 08:47 AM

Wow, that bearclaw really pops under the finish, its even more bearclaw-y than i thought! it almost shows up the maple!?!

Stunning work as ever.

David


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