I just received some glowing words from the customer I recently shipped a 5 string custom tenor ukulele to that he had ordered. See my earlier post. Here is a link to here it played in several different styles. (Thanks Hodge!)
My Granddaughter Addison’s mini uke in its case. I just finished the case in time as we leave for Denver to Addie’s birthday party in a couple of hours.
Today I managed to finish a little ukulele for my granddaughter Addison’s fourth birthday next week. It is 3/4th the size of the standard soprano ukulele, the smallest in the ukulele family. The back, sides and head plate are made from Zircote wood, the top Sitka spruce and the neck is mahogany. The name inlay is Paua Abalone shell. It plays surprisingly well and quite loud for its size. This is the second mini ukulele I have built to date.
In preparation for the upcoming Ukulele Festival in Milwaukee on October 19th, I realized my inventory was pretty low. I had recently purchased this spectacular spalted curly mango wood and there was enough for two soprano ukes so here they are on the finish bench with their first coats of lacquer. While the wood is truly beautiful, it is a bear to work with as the spalting encourages chipping when working the wood. The tops are also mango but straight grained and clear. (More photos to come later)