A Butterfly for Bonnie

Bonnie's ukulele has a Koa back and side but with an Australian Lacewood sound board.  The lacewood kicks--a unique composite of hard and soft wood that really has unique sound capabilities.  Binding is East India Rosewood with black/white/black…

Puakenikeni for Kanani

Here's a revitalization of my original Hula Hips tenor pattern now over 12 years old.  Based on the original Martin Tenor but with a wider lower bout at 10.25 inches.  I have modernized by changing the depth of the instrument and moving sound…

Art for Ukes an Update

I am truly stoked!  Ocean artist Wade Koniakowsky (www.koniakowsky.com) and I have been brainstorming some new concepts.  We now have the ability to laser print any image to the sound board of an ukulele.  I have been wanting to do this for…

Jonah and the whale

Up and comer Jonah Price gets his hands on his newly strung up cut-a-way koa tenor.  Jonah dictated the dimension of this instrument and also designed his fret board logo.  He also requested a whale inlay for head stock and accepted my design…

Honu for Skyler

This tenor ukulele sports one of my favorite wood combinations:  Oregon Black Walnut back and sides with Hawaiian Koa Sound board.  Skyler asked for an instrument with a mellow, full sound and this combination of wood usually prdovides that…

Olukai Ho'olaule'a 2013 "Aloha" award ukulele

It's almost that time of the year again, and here's this year's Olukai "Aloha" award ukulele for the Ho'olaule'a in Maui this coming May.  I've added a tribal gecko laser cut to the back of the instrument.  Accents are India Rosewood binding,…

Pretty in Pink

You know, sometimes it pays to try something different.  This tenor uke is made from Carob wood. I've never heard of this wood and have never used this wood before and I don't expect that when my present stock is gone that I will ever use it…

Health, Wealth, and Happiness

One of my latest projects required Peony Flower inlays.  I"m not a big fan of sound board inlays  because it limits my ability to custom thickness the soundboard ,but who am I to say no--no rules in ukulele.  So this is my interpretation…

Jumbo Bwana

This is the first out-of-the-mold jumbo tenor ukulele.  This shape is a conglomerate of  patterns from my original Hula Hips tenor to a more classic jumbo guitar shape.  It is not as thick as my current instruments but is 10 inches in the…

The Whole Enchilada

Another curly, spalted maple uke but with a Sitka sound board.  I used a vintage style back strip and rope purfling to accent.   The client also wanted  the asymmetric sound hole with side concert sound hole.   Additionally,  he  selected…