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My latest homebuild is a cousin of Joey J5's Cricket (built with kind permission - thank you Joey!). This is a derivative with slightly wider forks and different styling cues. For all intents and purposes though, it's a Cricket and I know it will behave like one as the offset angle and hold are the same. The styling for this one-off build was however taken in a different direction. I had an idea for an ergo and I thought it would look nice if I went for classic lines... Also, I didn't want to mess with the distinct J5 styling that should only be reserved for thoroughbreds!

To be honest, I regretted undertaking another full ergo midway thru the build... Though I did learn how to shape these better (I think), it's just so tedious... I probably won't do another offset ergo for a while... at least until I forget the pain of doing one

This Cricket's Cousin has a phenolic core with vulcanised paper liners and brass pins. The wood is a cheap and abundant Nyatoh. Finished with BLO followed by Minwax Antique Oil Finish and good ol' finishing wax. I am quite happy with the lustre I got out of this one though I did leave a few scratches carelessly missed .

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Thanks guys... Thank you all the kind and encouraging feedback! I'm shooting it and I think I'll be shooting it for a while... I'm happy with it and especially pleased that I am not getting any band slaps. I don't know if it's a fluke or if the shape of the tips somehow helped...

Sorry about the turned on its side pics...
 

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My latest homebuild is a cousin of Joey J5's Cricket (built with kind permission - thank you Joey!). This is a derivative with slightly wider forks and different styling cues. For all intents and purposes though, it's a Cricket and I know it will behave like one as the offset angle and hold are the same. The styling for this one-off build was however taken in a different direction. I had an idea for an ergo and I thought it would look nice if I went for classic lines... Also, I didn't want to mess with the distinct J5 styling that should only be reserved for thoroughbreds!

To be honest, I regretted undertaking another full ergo midway thru the build... Though I did learn how to shape these better (I think), it's just so tedious... I probably won't do another offset ergo for a while... at least until I forget the pain of doing one

This Cricket's Cousin has a phenolic core with vulcanised paper liners and brass pins. The wood is a cheap and abundant Nyatoh. Finished with BLO followed by Minwax Antique Oil Finish and good ol' finishing wax. I am quite happy with the lustre I got out of this one though I did leave a few scratches carelessly missed .

Thanks for taking a look!
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Made nice work of that purple heart

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@Old Iowan @luk @jazz @bingo @SS-NC - Thanks guys!

@Adam2 - Thanks mate! You are right it can look like purple heart but this was much cheaper wood ... something we call Nyatoh where I am from, cheap and abundant hardwood that doesn't have much grain character.

@void - Thank you! It just happens to be a good spot with good natural lighting for decent photos... sorry most were turned on its side though....I still haven't figured out why that happens sometimes only.

@portboy - I did take some time with this one being lockdown stuck! ... Pretty family members to ogle at coming soon from Joey I believe!
 
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