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Black and White Ebony Baritone Ukulele

Guess it’s black and white month?  Here’s  a new Black and White Ebony Baritone Ukulele. The Woods Back and Sides:  Asian Black and White Ebony species Sound Board:  American Figured Port Orford Cedar.  The color of the cedar matches the “white” color of the ebony.  The warm tones of this particular wood are a good […]

My Kahiko Double Puka Ukulele

My Kahiko Double Puka Ukulele is #1 in my builders choice collection of ukulele. The Back Story All luthiers have their secret stash of wood saved for that special build.  Me too.  When I get the opportunity I pull out some of the wood that I’ve been hoarding for years and maybe make something for […]

The Tree and Swiss Tenor Ukulele

The Tree and Swiss Tenor Ukulele is the latest to get strings. The Woods Back and Sides:  The back story on “The Tree” wood is that this Central American Mahogany came into the States in the 80’s.  The log was cut with half going to the East and half to the West.  It has been […]

Ancient Black and White Ebony Ukulele

I wasn’t quite sure how to name this one so I am using the highlights as the title.  This is the Ancient Black and White Ebony Ukulele. The Highlights The Soundboard is another piece of the Alaskan Ancient Spruce.  About 3000 years old or so and probably one of the most distressed in appearance that […]

Deep Blue Sea Ukulele

Sometimes ya just gotta try something new.  Here’s another effort at staining quilt maple.  This is the Deep Blue Sea Ukulele. Back Story I’ve always said that I don’t do stains, bleeds, sunbursts etcetera in order to allow the natural beauty of the wood to speak for itself.  BUT, I am fascinated by some of […]

Classy Long Neck Concert Ukulele

This is one Classy Long Neck Concert Ukulele. The Woods The Back and Sides are Mexican Ziricote.  This wood was sourced by the client from a wood carving artist of note.  It’s very old.  I made a couple in the distant past but forgot how easily it worked.   BUT, don’t ask for more since I […]

Koa and Honu Super Tenor Ukulele

The Koa and Honu Super Tenor Ukulele has wood purchased and provided by the client.  I’d say he has a pretty good eye for that classic Hawaiian  look. The Woods Lately I’ve done a lot of ukes with more traditional tonewoods for the sound board.   This uke really features that Koa look we’d all like […]

Three Amigos Super Tenor Ukulele

It’s an inside joke.  Here’s the Three Amigos Super Tenor Ukulele on it’s way to the great state of Texas. The Woods See what you started Pat! The Soundboard is curly Port Orford Cedar.  This is stump salvage. The Back and Sides are Western Curly Claro Walnut.  This is the last of this particular look […]

Domestic Woods Super Tenor Ukulele

I still love Koa.  Who doesn’t?  But, custom ukulele builders are continuing to explore the appearances and tonal possibilities  of instruments made with alternative domestic woods.  Here is another Port Orford Cedar and Claro Walnut combo–the Domestic Woods Super Tenor Ukulele. The Woods The soundboard is Port Orford Cedar.  This stump salvage wood has the […]

African Queen Super Tenor Ukulele

Black and tan, this is the African Queen Super Tenor Ukulele. The Woods I’ve had this super cool set of West African Ebony for about 6 years or so.  It came from the old Allied Luthiers in NorCal and is a broken guitar set.   I love having suppliers keeping me in mind for these rarities.  […]