Monthly Archives: May 2013

‘Ukulele Number Three

‘Ukulele Number Three (my personal ‘uke which I play regularly) was begun in the summer of 2006, again using the Hana Lima ‘Ia construction method with Spanish heel. My daughter and I made these almost matching ‘ukes together. These ukes … Continue reading

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‘Ukulele Number Two

I decided to build a tenor ‘uke in the summer of 2005 as a prototype instrument using the Hana Lima ‘Ia construction method with a Spanish heel, like in a classical guitar. This unconventional ‘uke was made with a mahogany … Continue reading

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How I got started

In part it was due to visiting Al McWhorter’s web site that I was inspired to try my hand at ‘ukulele building. Up until then I was more of an arm chair builder. I highly recommend paying his site a … Continue reading

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Am I building guitars or ‘ukuleles?

This all started when I enrolled in an online inlay course through the Musical Instrument Maker’s Forum in 2004. During the basic class we learned to do a traditional vine and flower inlay on an ebony fingerboard and a torch … Continue reading

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Creating a Library

Having a library of resources is very important and in Lutherie it is critical, at least for me. I started collecting materials related to instrument making, especially books. This began back in 2004 and over the years since then I … Continue reading

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The advantage of the Internet

Search engines and the internet are wonderful things. What did we do before we had the internet to find so much information? Soon I was searching and finding lots of interesting and useful links to sites with a lot of … Continue reading

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In The Beginning . . .

So I found the seminal book on amateur guitar building by Cumpiano and Natelson “Guitarmaking: Tradition and Technology: A Complete Reference for the Design & Construction of the Steel-String Folk Guitar & the Classical Guitar“. I found a first edition … Continue reading

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