Beginning earlier this week, I began milling some of my select sassafras boards in order to build a couple guitars and maybe up to four mandolins. I still contemplate also on making a violin with the wood, but we'll see. It took a while to sand down the guitar and mandolin sides to thickness, but when the process was completed the wood had a lovely shimmer to it and the shop smelled wonderful. I will probably use walnut for the neck and binding, but what I'm really excited about is using some persimmon wood I just received for the fingerboard and bridge. Once again, stay tuned.
By the way, there is an old time tune called "Opossum Up a 'Simmon Tree", so guess what the next possum fiddle will be called and outfitted with.