How many sound holes: Part 1

If you have followed some of my commentary you will see that I have have posted pictures of many instruments with asymmetric and multiple sound holes.  For those individuals who think that I only make instruments of this configuration, let…

Koa Ukulele

Here's another Koa Ukulele that is available at Surfy Surfy (www.surfysurfy.net) in Leucadia, California.  Solid Koa.  It exhibits an asymmetric sound hole placement (side sound hole as well).  Binding is East  India Rosewood and purfling…

Double Puka Sound Hole

Here's a new instrument that can be seen at Surfy Surfy (www.surfysurfy.net) in Leucadia, California.  It is my Kahiko design ukulele exhibiting a double puka sound hole.  The bracing is on the light side and reflects the narrow waist and…

Lacewood Tenor Ukulele

Occasionally I get a request for some unusual wood combinations.  Here is a tenor ukulele, just completed, made with Australian Lacewood for sound board and back.  The back is laser cut embellished with the customer"s artwork.  The sides…

Cut-a-way Tenor Ukulele

Here's a trio of tenor ukulele with soft cut-a-way design that have gone out lately.      

Bite Me Shark Inlay

One of my latest requests was for a shark inlay on the peg head.  Tough call.  I wanted to go for big teeth, but opted for simple.   The shark was cut out of Phillipine black mother-of-pearl.  Nothing special as far as detail,  but it looks…

Makau Tenor Ukulele

Here's my version of Hawaiian Makau with tribal accents.  As I said in my last post, I am into my South Pacific roots at the present.  This Koa is from Maui, and I really like the color--no killer figure, but it is really attractive and also…

Olukai Ho'olaule'a Ukulele

It's about time again for the Olukai Ho'olaule'a on Maui--Olukai's celebration of the ocean, ocean life and the Hawaiian culture that embraces it.  This year it will be held on May 12-13th.  Pictured here is this year's Ho'o Aloha award.  I…

Koa Concert Ukulele

Just finished this Koa concert ukulele.  I'm still fond of the asymmetric soundhole placement, so have used same in this instrument.  It's all Koa except the mahogany neck and the fret board/bridge which are Chechen.  I have accented with…

Ukulele Love?

Some wives of my ukulele customers have voiced concern over their spouse's infatuation with their new instruments.  Here's just one example taken to the next level.  Tasteful,  don't you think?