The second cigarbox uke finished

I just have to hand it over to the boy (the hard part).

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Published in: on September 27, 2011 at 6:32 pm  Comments (3)  
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A Cigarbox ukulele — my second attempt.

My eight-year-old asked me to make him a ukulele. This is the result so far. Tomorrow or the next day, the strings go on, I hope.

Cigarbox

 

more cigarbox

 
and more still
 
I got the cigarbox (plywood) from here. The Huon Pine top, a friend gave me. I bought the Maple neck from here, and carved it myself — no professional would do such a lousy job.
 
Bracing…. (Tasmanian oak, but thin, on the top. Cheap pine to strengthen back and sides.)
 

top bracing

 
 
back and sides
 
 
The neck is slotted into the body of the cigar box and strengthens the box as well.
 
Published in: on September 26, 2011 at 7:45 pm  Comments (6)  
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Vanuatu — small eight-stringed instrument

A friend just arrived home from Vanuatu, and showed me a picture of a local band called the Tangoa String Band.

Does anyone one know what the instrument is called?

Tangoa String Band

Published in: on September 24, 2011 at 6:25 pm  Comments (4)  
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My Wild Irish Rose (1909) on my Cole Clark uke

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