Port Orford Cedar and Claro Walnut Ukulele - Custom Build-Sold

Here’s the latest instrument to leave the shop. This is a Port Orford Cedar and Claro Walnut Ukulele.  A custom Super Tenor shape.

port orford cedar and claro walnut ukulele

Curly claro walnut back and sides.

This project was proposed with the client researching and purchasing the woods for the ukulele.  After a bit of time he settled on this nice curly Claro Walnut set for the back and sides.

port orford cedar and claro walnut ukulele

Figured Port Orford Cedar sound board.

The Sound Board was another issue but the final decision came down to this lovely set of figured Port Orford Cedar from Ukulele Tonewoods.   I’m almost sure that this  cedar is salvaged stump wood since most of my stocks are straight grained and not figured.  Port Orford Cedar has not been a favored wood for the ukulele.  Most of the comments I’ve heard are that it is too stiff and/or it doesn’t project.  After working with so many unusual combinations of wood on these tiny instruments I am convinced that those instruments are not treated favorably with bracing and thickness.  Or, maybe it is the color of the wood–who knows?  All of my POC is brilliant and resonant.  This particular set is a bit unusual because of the figuring and wide growth rings.  Nevertheless, it exhibits a warm tap tone and good sustain.  Definitely Game On!

port orford cedar and claro walnut ukulele

Curly Koa binding, Claro Walnut rosette.

Right from the start, I envisioned koa and maple accents with a Western Black Walnut neck as well.  I wasn’t  sure about the color differences but the curly koa binding, neck laminate and accent woods really add to the appearance.

port orford cedar and claro walnut ukulele

Koa accents everywhere.

The Fret Board and bridge are Pistachio Wood also provided by the client.  It might not go with every instrument but it sure is a great alternative.  It is smooth, without pores and a great color compliment for these domestic tonewoods of cedar and walnut.

port orford cedar and claro walnut ukulele

Couldn’t resist a picture of the grafted walnut.

I’d say this is a very elegant instrument with an elegant and distinctive sound.   The new owner is very pleased with both.  Nothing like a fun project and a happy client.

I’m so stoked with this instrument that I have a standard tenor with Bastogne Walnut body and Denim Spruce Top in the works. Can’t wait!