Sinker Redwood and Myrtle Tenor Ukulele
My myrtle wood supplier in southern Oregon sent me some of his personal stash of curly myrtle and sinker redwood for his build. Here is a Sinker Redwood and Myrtle Tenor Ukulele.
Sinker Redwood–you know, that stuff that’s been laying at the bottom of the river for who know’s how long–comes in a variety of colors and looks. It’s nice to know that at least some of this old wood can be reclaimed and used in new projects. It usually is a little less dense than newly cut woods and exhibits a bold and lustrous tap tone.
Ahh, the back and sides! Really nice curl and color in this Myrtle Wood. I think the pictures speak for themselves. This wood is approximately the same density as Koa from Hawaii. It works well and has the same tonal qualities as Koa. I have used it many times for complete instruments.
Ahh, the neck! From the same tree came this solid curly myrtle neck stock. Ooh, so lucky! A perfect match for the sap wood running down the middle of the back.
The accent wood is Australian Mallee Burl. Fortunately, I have a few more sets of this Myrtle Wood for additional builds with any number of cool tonewood tops.