Buying the Wood
The selected wood
These pictures were all taken on 19/02/2003. Click for the full size image.
A view of the self-service timber shop at John Boddy's Fine Wood and Tool Store in Boroughbridge
African Black Limba (Afara, Korina) on the left, Jesmo (John Crow) on the right.
The Limba was only available up to about 10" wide, so I selected a piece 7" across.
I'll use this to make two-piece bodies.
This is the piece of Goncalo Alves I found, which I decided to use to make the necks of both guitars.
This is yours truly selecting the pieces of Rosewood which will become the fingerboards.
...and making notes as I go. Eventually I decided not to buy the piece of purpleheart on the truck.
The pictures below show the woods I selected, first dry, and then dampened to show up the figure a little more.