Category Archives: ukulele

Cigar Box ‘ukuleles

A little while ago I took a break from building regular ‘ukuleles to build a couple of cigar boxes. Someone in the club (Ukulele Union of Boston) had one that I really liked and after doing some research online I … Continue reading

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The Armadillolele

Yes, an Armadillo! An acquaintance in the Ukulele Union brought me an Armadillo Mandolin that was in need to rebuilding. Jim actually wanted to convert it into an ‘ukulele, and has a particular fondness for the armadillo and asked if … Continue reading

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‘Ukuleles Eight/Nine/Ten

So, why no ‘ukulele seven? Longer story, in a later post. There is, or will be, an ‘ukulele 7. The body is just being finished up now. ‘Ukuleles 8, 9, 10 were all built as gifts. Eight and Nine were … Continue reading

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‘Ukulele Six

‘Ukulele #6 started out to be a traditional tenor ‘uke with a Spanish heel, Mahogany neck like the others so far. This instrument was being built by my cousin for his own use, with my assistance. A lot of work … Continue reading

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A ‘Uke for College? Number Five

This one was a gift for my son Jeremy. Everyone who goes to college should have an ‘ukulele, right? The headstock sports his name and the University logo. I hope that it will inspire him to play music in his … Continue reading

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‘Ukulele Four – almost like Three

This walnut and spruce tenor ‘ukuele was also begun in the summer of 2006 along with ‘Ukulele #3. My daughter and I weare making these almost matching ‘ukes together. These ‘ukes were made with mahogany necks, spruce tops and walnut … Continue reading

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‘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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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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