The sun was out, beautiful day to be sorting through River Oak packs to select timber to send to Cole Clarke Guitars for Fingerboards.
Maurice Paul Guitars
Maurice Coutanceau of Maurice Paul Guitars visited us at our workshop in Maleny.
Maurice is a very skilled guitar maker who has been handcrafting exquisite guitars for many years now both in Australia and Nepal.
Maurice often uses our guitar timbers for the building of his beautiful guitars. In the photos below there are 2 examples of Maurice Paul Guitars, handmade using our timbers. We are very proud that such a skilled craftsman chooses to use our timbers in many of his guitar builds!
Jamaican Fiddlewood (citharexylum spinosum)
We have just managed to source a beautiful Jamaican Fiddlewood from one of the local properties in Maleny.
Not knowing too much about this species, we researched it and found out the following.
It is a West Indian native tree and the name “Fiddlewood” refers to the use of the tree’s timber to make musical instruments.
The word “Cithera” from which the botanical name was derived, means guitar!
Upon opening the tree up, we were very excited to find the most exquisite grain patterns and colouring in the timber
as can be seen in the photos below!
Ced (my ever-willing offsider on the mill with boundless energy) and I, had a fabulous day milling today in the beautiful, rolling hills of Maleny. We got to cut one of two magnificent Bunyas that came in from one of the Bed and Breakfasts in our neighbouring village of Montville.
The end result being some really good quality soundboards for future Luthiers. They will now go into strip to begin the long process of air drying down to suitable moisture content. The logs have all been beautifully quarter cut for acoustic and classical soundboards as well as for a good supply of bracing stock.
Spalted Blackheart Sassafras Guitar
This is a Maurice Paul guitar, handmade, using our beautiful spalted Blackheart Sassafras.
It was sold through our Gallery to a customer in the UK!
Pet Bull at the Mill Site
‘Smoko’ time at the Mill with “44” our resident bull resting in the warmth of the fresh sawdust!!
He likes to get in on the action too!