port orford cedar and claro walnut ukulele

Port Orford Cedar and Claro Walnut Ukulele - Custom Build-Sold

Here's the latest instrument to leave the shop. This is a Port Orford Cedar and Claro Walnut Ukulele.  A custom Super Tenor shape. This project was proposed with the client researching and purchasing the woods for the ukulele.  After…

Koa Moon Super Tenor Ukulele - Custom Build-Sold

This is the Koa Moon Super Tenor Ukulele. Where's the Moon you ask.  Well, the sound board is Swiss Moon Spruce.  Did I mention that it was BearClaw? The back and sides are curly Hawaiian Koa from Hearne Hardwoods. The…
earthtone cedar and ambrosia maple tenor ukulele

Earthtone Cedar and Ambrosia Maple Tenor Ukulele - Sold

Here's the newest instrument to get strings.  It is an Earthtone Cedar and Ambrosia Maple Tenor Ukulele.  It is a standard tenor shape. This is only the second time I have used Earthtone Cedar from Alaska Specialty Woods.  Brent, the…
koa mix tenor ukulele

Koa Mix Tenor Ukulele - Sold

Here's the first spec instrument of 2021.  This is another of my Koa Mix Tenor Ukulele. When I started serious building I wanted to concentrate on instrument sound and the beauty of the wood, but I also wanted to keep my builds fun and…

Macassar Pier Piling Tenor Ukulele - Custom Build-Sold

It's trash day but also posting day.  Here's #4 of the Pier Piling request, a Macassar Pier Piling Tenor Ukulele. This is a standard tenor shape.  The goal in this group build was to utilize the special Pier Piling Douglas Fir for each but…
koa and pier piling fir ukulele

Koa and Pier Piling Fir Ukulele - Custom Build-Sold

This is #3 in the Pier Piling build--a Koa and Pier Piling Fir Ukulele.  This one is a super tenor shape like #1. I purchased this lovely set of Koa from Notable Woods in the Pacific Northwest maybe 6 years ago.  I know, you're asking,…
spalted tamarind and fir tenor ukulele

Spalted Tamarind and Fir Tenor Ukulele - Custom Build-Sold

A Spalted Tamarind and Fir Tenor Ukulele?  Yup, that's what was requested.   I think it must be a "dare to be different" thing.  This is #2 of the the "Four" 100 year old Pier Piling Douglas Fir instruments--a standard tenor. Tamarind…

Maple and Mappa Burl Tenor Ukulele - Custom Build-Sold

Off to the races 2021.  Here is the first of Four new ukuleles completed this year, the Maple and Mappa Burl Tenor Ukulele. All the instruments have the 100 year old Pier Piling Douglas Fir for sound boards.  Hopefully you won't find…

Quilt and Curl Super Tenor Ukulele - Sold

Aloha 2021!  First of the year is this Quilt and Curl Super Tenor Ukulele. I'm still exploring different possibilities here using some unusual compression curl Koa wood and some silvery, quilt Maple wood.  You know I like them both. The…

2020 Ukuleles In Review

I'd like to have called this post "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" but I think we'll just focus on the Good-- 2020 Ukuleles in Review. Color As unique wood supplies become more scarce I am finding new interest in domestic hardwoods…