One can not be an American by going about saying that one is an American. It is necessary to feel America, like America, love America and then work.
Plans that I drew for a terz guitar, it shares the same outline as the "Mae West" Lacote posted in the last blog. I did some research a while ago on the terz guitar and thought I should make one, because it would be as fun as a uke, bigger then a baritone uke and has six strings. This all started because I came across a fugue for terz guitar by Mauro Giuliani in the Boije online collection and fell in love with the piece.
In this photo I am gluing the peghead to the neck shaft. It is a simple butt joint and it will be reinforced with a dovetailed key, this is one time I will pull out my Porter-Cable router. I'll make the channel with a dovetail router bit, make the key on a table saw and glue the key in place.
Here is the wood that I am using to make the terz-Indian rosewood back and sides (I bought the wood from Allied Lutherie almost 10 years ago) and the top is Sitka spruce that I purchased from Alaska Specialty Woods. Believe it or not, the piece is from a 1A top.
Still waiting to see when I will be going to Rocky Mountain National Park. Weather has been gorgeous.
Oh, if anyone listens to NPR, maybe you have already heard about the Yosemite Valley Post Office getting a face lift with new sugar pine shingles. I was lead carpenter on that project, Nick G. and I put the last shingle on at 4pm on Groundhog Day. I will post some photos soon, the post office looks great!