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Old 10-11-2023, 10:30 AM
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Mark, ignoring that advice worked out quite well, I’d say. I love the unique nature of your headstock designs, and the variations among them.
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Old 10-12-2023, 05:12 AM
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Mark, ignoring that advice worked out quite well, I’d say. I love the unique nature of your headstock designs, and the variations among them.
Thanks Treenewt, That kind of standardization is an artifact of the industrial revolution: "Efficiency with standardization", "Standardization eases the implementation of automation". Steel string guitars are children of the industrial revolution so this kind of thinking is understandable. But children do eventually grow up.
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Thanks Treenewt, That kind of standardization is an artifact of the industrial revolution: "Efficiency with standardization", "Standardization eases the implementation of automation". Steel string guitars are children of the industrial revolution so this kind of thinking is understandable. But children do eventually grow up.
I love this.
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Mark thought you might like this shot of your Josie model that I have, in action.
This was taken this September at the Jackson Hole Hootenanny performance at the Center For The Arts


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Mark thought you might like this shot of your Josie model that I have, in action.
This was taken this September at the Jackson Hole Hootenanny performance at the Center For The Arts


Photo courtesy of Payton Koehler- River Daze Digital Design
Thanks for putting this up KevWind. I always enjoy seeing my guitars gainfully employed!

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Since we're on the subject of the Josie SJ model, here is a quick peek at my new Green Mountain Series Josie build I'm just starting:



Once I get a little momentum up on this build I'll start a separate thread.

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Since we're on the subject of the Josie SJ model, here is a quick peek at my new Green Mountain Series Josie build I'm just starting:



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Oh my.. that wood is something else… haven’t seen anything like it
..and goes so perfectly with the snakewood and the green stone (I assume)…
..got my attention… o ce again
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Sycamore? Snakewood? Leopardwood?
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Sycamore? Snakewood? Leopardwood?

Thanks Lonzo and The Bard Rocks. The back is Leopardwood (Roupala montana) from Central and South America. It is heavier and tends to be darker than Lacewood.

Because of the color one might think it is like Mahogany but it is not. By the numbers it is like Rosewood. To me, it feels and sounds like Wenge (with a few less splinters). The flecks are huge medullary rays so it has great cross grain stiffness. It is not an uncommonly used guitar tonewood and I'm excited by how it rings already!

The center strip is Snakewood and the stone inlay is green turquoise.

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Outrageous wood. Dazzling to the eye. I use it often for ornamental knife handles.
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Outrageous wood. Dazzling to the eye. I use it often for ornamental knife handles.
Thanks ukejon, It is a very interesting looking wood. Nice cinnamon color and crazy medullary rays. It’s quite hard and stiff.

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We are recently back from vacationing in Costa Rica. We were in the jungle on the Carribean coast near Panama in a B&B bungalow. Now I can't go anywhere without coming back to the studio with new ideas, so I was looking forward to what popped up.



There was a grounds keeper doing battle keeping the jungle at bay and I was amazed by his skill and effectiveness with a machete. Machetes originated in Central America and have spread around the world. A quality machete in skilled hands is an absolute beautiful thing to behold.

I have a new tool to aid foraging guitar woods and a mission to properly set it up and develop my skills. I set out the other day to give it a try and the first skimming swipe on some old Sugar Maper revealed this:



I'm off to a great start!
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I have a new tool to aid foraging guitar woods and a mission to properly set it up and develop my skills. I set out the other day to give it a try and the first skimming swipe on some old Sugar Maper revealed this:



I'm off to a great start!
You are indeed! That's some lovely spalting and color variegation.
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Old 11-28-2023, 05:31 AM
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You are indeed! That's some lovely spalting and color variegation.
Thanks for commenting Erithon. A machete gives me an easy way to make these skimming cuts where the figure shows best. I have a folding backsaw and a thin kerf chainsaw in my foraging arsenal but they are best for cross cuts which doesn’t show the figure so well for spalting or the Blue Stain Pine.
They are better for segmenting manageable size logs after the keepers are identified.
Plus, a machete gets you through the bramble of the open woods.

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Plus, a machete gets you through the bramble of the open woods.

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Also, Walmart. LOL!! That is some beautiful wood when sliced that way. I'm sure you're going to do something awe-inspiring with it.
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