Exotic woods

From time to time we get asked about exotic timbers. The most popular timber for making Ukuleles is a Local Laburnumwood called Koa. It is one of the Acacia family and is native to the Hawaiian Islands (among other places) where the Uke was invented. The reason it was used was quite simple. It was local and available.

Of course, today, Hawaiian Koa is still available in small quantities, but at a high price. Think in terms of a set of boards for a soprano starting around the £60 mark and going up from there!

However, ‘local and available’ were the criteria for using this timber in the first place, and here in the Garden of England, Continue reading Exotic woods

A Change of Luck?

Workshop rearranged
Fox Planer/thicknesser and bandsaw with shop made drum sander in the background

The ‘tidy up’ I mentioned in the last post turned out to be a three day job! That is mainly due to a complete re-arrange of the workshop. A bit more space was needed and there was none. None that was usable that is.  Moving from the smaller unit a few months ago, things had been put where they fitted without too much thought about the way we would be working and the place had become somewhat cluttered.

The thing that triggered this effort was the purchase of a new Planer – Thicknesser. It is something that is a basic requirement in any form of woodworking shop, but something that funds had precluded until now. Bench models are available, capable of handling widths of 6″ and 8″, but with the need to dimension timber for Continue reading A Change of Luck?

Still open! :)

Despite the weather, we are still open. :)

Although I’m not advocating that anyone should make unnecessary journeys, the Craft Village is still accessible with care. Today was spent having a mass tidy, along with a bit of snow shoveling. Isn’t it weird that cleaning up seems to increase the amount of mayhem, at least to start with. I’m sure with another day, all will sort itself out and room to swing a cat will once more emerge!