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Looking for a MD-based luthier for a project

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by echoSE7EN, May 25, 2011.

  1. echoSE7EN


    Jul 1, 2010
    Balto., MD
    I'm soon to have a rather large Japanese Maple tree felled. This tree is one of the reasons my wife and I chose to buy our home (our first home together). Sadly, the tree is getting on in age, and was recommended for removal by a tree specialist last year - when we had some other work done. We had really wanted to hang onto it for as long as possible, but the top is definitely less full this year. So it goes.

    I am looking for a Maryland luthier willing to take on a project. I'd like to reserve a large chunk of the maple, and have (at a minimum) a bass body created from the wood. I have no tools. If I did, I would attempt this myself.

    Before the contractors come out to fell the tree, I'd need to know the approximate size of wood someone (if willing) would need for the body. A J-style body would be fine, unless someone would really like to get creative and exchange design ideas.

    My budget is pretty open.

  2. eyeballkid

    eyeballkid Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2009
  3. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    What the Hell is up in MD?? Luthier requests here are almost exclusively for that state. Awesome that so many around there are looking for projects, but a little weird that the distribution is so skewed.

    Check the Who Are You thread as well as searching for Maryland Luthier and you will receive a wealth of info.

    I would save 36" sections at minimum to be cut to rough lumber and begin drying as soon as the tree is felled.
  4. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    How thick is the trunk? I would think it would be difficult to find a piece wide enough on a tree like a Japanese maple. The narrowest pieces that I would use for a neck-thru would be in the range of 5-5.5" but that cannot include the pith. Bolt on bodies with full width tops need to be in the 7" vicinity.

    Then you need to consider drying it. Not trying to dissuade you, just trying to cover all the bases.

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