Hale Holiday Fare 4
Another new tenor pineapple. This is Hale Holiday Fare 4. This instrument is now at Hale Ukulele .
Ric asked for another tenor pineapple for the shop. This one is all Koa–no abalone, no inlays just Koa.
I like green as the purfling and rosette colors.
The neck is a composite of California Black Walnut and Hawaiian Koa. I think the Walnut goes well with this darker Koa. I am looking for reasonable wood alternatives to the standard Honduran Mahogany for necks. Most of these woods are harder and more difficult to shape but very attractive. There is a lot of domestic hardwood being cut from unproductive trees now–this California Black Walnut is just one example. In the past, I think, most of this wood was cut and burned.
Black Walnut and Koa composite neck.The accent wood is African Zebra Wood.
I changed the top bracing just a tiny bit on this new instrument. The result is an even bigger sound than I expected. I think I may continue this change on the next pineapple ukulele to see if the change will be a keeper.
Hale Holiday Fare 4. Number 5 is next.