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Oregon Black Gold Ukulele

Just got the strings on this Oregon Black Gold Ukulele.  It’s a super tenor shape. The body is Oregon Myrtle wood from Vince at Pacific Coast Woods. I can always count on him for his excellent eye and sawyer skills.  He calls this particular color and figure “Tiger Stripe”.   I call it “Amazing” and one-of-a-kind. […]

Swiss Plum Pudding Ukulele

This is the Swiss Plum Pudding Ukulele.  It’s a standard tenor.  This one has it all. You got your Swiss Moon Spruce sound board.  By now you should all know the story of this unique and exclusive wood. You got your Plum Pudding African Bubinga back and sides.   I’ve never seen this figure or color […]

More Koa and More Ukulele

Hopefully, I haven’t gone too far with this new instrument. Or maybe, not far enough. This is the More Koa and More Ukulele. For starters I am using an interesting set of curly Koa.  The curl looks a bit like tiger stripes to me.  It’s very “woodsy”. I actually used koa in all the visual […]

Mango Makau Pineapple Ukulele

I guess March Mango Madness is not quite over.  Here’s the latest from the shop, the Mango Makau Pineapple Ukulele. A different look in Hawaiian Mango from the last post.  This instrument sports a more stacked curl but still presents lots of lovely chocolate hues.  This wood probably comes from the same tree as the […]

Mango Madness Tenor Ukulele

This build started out as a Koa instrument but turned into the Mango Madness Tenor Ukulele. No complaints here for sure.  This Mango Wood I snatched from Kamuela Hardwoods on the Big Island in 2019.  Several of the sets showed interesting colors and figure like this set. For purfling accents instead of the usual Paua […]

Port Orford Cedar and Claro Walnut Ukulele

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 a bit of time he settled on this nice curly Claro Walnut set for the back […]

Koa Moon Super Tenor Ukulele

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 request was for ebony accents and simplicity so the rosette, binding, bridge, fret board and […]

Earthtone Cedar and Ambrosia Maple Tenor Ukulele

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 owner of ASW, believes that time, water and the elements combined with the oils of […]

Koa Mix Tenor Ukulele

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 sometimes a bit frivolous–ukulele fun!   This tenor ukulele showcases a few […]

Macassar Pier Piling Tenor Ukulele

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 to make each ukulele unique with a different shape and different […]