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The nut and saddle are bone, not plastic. I find plastic to be a detriment to good sound on musical instruments. Tusk is not a bad choice and tends to soften an instrument with a longer scale length. Tusk is a synthetic, but I find it a good second choice, if bone is unavailable.

The nut is rough fitted and then sanded into shape after being lightly glued in position. This way the finish covers the side of the nut and looks dressy in comparison to finishing the neck and then trying to install the nut in position after-the-fact. The entire assembly is shaped simultaneously and fits the curve of the headstock perfectly when this approach is taken.

The nut slots for the strings will be finished off upon stringing up the ukulele.

Now, on to the “nose.”