What a journey!
|I've order many parts and tools from China for my projects|
over the years. Look what arrived this week. I don't remember
ordering it. Perhaps there's been a mix-up at the post office?
I hopped on Google+ to see if anyone could help me to
identify it. +shankti oviedo was quite impressed with my
"nice modern lamp". Thankfully, +Gunnar Green was on hand
to point me in the right direction. Apparently, this is quite
a common tool in the ukulele build process... It's a
wood-hardener! Ha ha! Mystery solved!
I thought this was one of those projects that I could pootle along with at a snail's pace doing a little bit here and there, but I've only gone and motored through this. It's been fun and I'm pleased with the end result. When I started out I had this vague idea of where I was heading, but I haven't stuck too rigidly to a plan.
|That's blood you see on yon jay cloth... Man-Blood!|
It was everywhere by the time I'd finished. I sliced my
thumb and poked my finger. I swore, but did not cry ;-)
|About the only "structural" thing left to do with the Skylark was to fit|
some frets. You will remember that the original Skylark frets were flat
pieces of metal. I pulled them out like bad teeth and this is what I put
in their place.
What I found initially is that the strings were buzzing (especially the e string), but given that they were new strings, I wasn't going to get all het up about it. The Gotoh tuners impressed me - they're pretty solid. Everything sounded in tune. Time for an impromptu sound-check. Do you recognise the snippet of tune?
|Here's a close-up of the symbol on my ukulele design. I have no idea|
what it means. If you know, please drop me a comment. +shankti oviedo
thinks that it might be an "a". I'd joked that I'd had it tattooed on my hand
at which point +Ukulele Russ revealed that it means... chronic masturbator.
Or the literal translation is "Strong wrist, gentle finger." Surely not! Ha ha.
I set myself up for that one!
Update 30-Jun-2013. I may have uncovered what the symbol means. The following has been pinched from Wikitionary. See the references to "KU"... King Uke? Hey hold on a second... I like this reading... "して (shite)"
Han character乄 (radical 4 丿+1, 2 strokes, cangjie input 大山 (KU), XX大山 (XXKU))
- This character is used in Japanese as a special symbol, on envelopes, symbolizing that letter is closed.
EtymologyJapanese kokuji (国字). From 占める (shimeru), as cursive form of top component ト (also 〆). Then applied to other kanji of the same pronunciation, namely 締め, 閉め, 絞め, and 搾め, all pronounced しめ shime. Sense of “closed, fastened” is due to 閉める (shimeru, “to close”) and 締める (shimeru, “to fasten”).
Kanji乄 (uncommon “Hyōgai” kanji)
- "letter closed" character (from 閉める, close)
- sum (from 〆高, 締高, sum)
- measurement of paper
- bundle (from 締める, fasten)
- Kun: しめ (shime), して (shite)