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Hinoki – Part 3 – A short story about sourcing wood.

I told a tale of cutting down a Hinoki tree, and chainsawing it into quarters and processing it… This rendered wood that I can use for braces in a few years. Not a big tree, but worth the trouble and a good experience. The fellows that have been helping me scout for more Hinoki said we’ll find a tree one meter in diameter in the mountains and go cut it down. I was thinking that will be a back breaker of a few days and then 5 to 7 year wait for wood to dry. Alas a good idea, but not what I really and truly wanted to go through, …

Part 1~ Hinoki Cypress Flamenco Guitars under construction

The beginning of two Hinoki Flamenco guitars. Hinoki is a cypress native to Japan. I have locally sourced aged Hinoki lumber which I have resawn into backs a sides for guitars. I expect this wood to produce excellent flamenco guitars. Photos: The preliminary thickness in MM on the back. It will go down to about 2.5 mm to 2.3 mm Using Japanese Kanna to plane ribs, smooth finishing with a Western plane. Glue brush. I use hot hide glue for the majority of my work. Neck blanks being assembled in a climate controlled room.  I do all my joint gluing and assembly under strict climate control.      

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Short essays and observations about flamenco and classical guitar making. Stories about making guitars as an American living in Japan. My other interests are playing the cello, flamenco guitar and painting landscape paintings. Please ask questions about guitar making or living in Japan. To contact me about commissioning a custom guitar, please feel free to write to me.