I love Poplar! It’s so varied and yet so consistent at the same time. I mean it’s workability is so consistent and yet visually it can vary wildly. When I’m building an ukulele with a specific personality, I search through my stock of Poplar looking for the right visual image. If it’s not there I go hang around my wood suppliers until I find it. Here is a good example. Cebollo is inspired by the ocean, the surf. It flows, it surges, it seeks it’s level. This piece of Poplar, I think portrays that beautifully.
Here is the same piece of Poplar in our cold bender. We’ll pull it out of here and then leave it in our mould for a couple days to set the shape. Then the neck and heel blocks go in. Progress.
Smile when you play that!™