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tonyturley

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Scott Depot, WV, USA
Real Name
Tony
Some say the mark of a craftsman is learning how to correct mistakes; I say that true craftsmen don't make serious errors in the first place. That being said, I made a real doozy yesterday evening. I decided to go down to the shop and get in some late evening woodcraft. Not paying close enough attention, I managed to bore the sound hole in the wrong end of the concert ukulele soundboard. I realized my mistake instantly, but it was too late, but I also realized the potential fix right away. I pulled out my small sealing iron and set it on max, then used it to heat a putty knife and work the heated knife into the seam between the top and body. It was slow, meticulous work, but I removed the soundboard without damaging anything, then I used the heated putty knife to remove all of the braces and cleaned off the old glue. I'll reglue the braces back in their intended locations, then glue the top back on. The blunder set me back several hours of extra work, but one won't even be able to tell there had been a repair when I'm finished.

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Jonathan F/2

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Location
Los Angeles, USA
Another photo of our resident towhee fledgling. I've setup a small enclosed area on my porch for it to hang out. The parents are still close by and are feeding their young one. It's either that or wander around the street and get eaten by the cats (my neighbor is an old cat lady)! Also doing more bird research, the trees next to my house actually emulate the native habitat of their species, hence the reason why they probably nested here!

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