big texas blue #2

big tex blue 2.3big tex blue 2.4 big tex blue 2.2I had a small windfall of Texas Bluebonnet tins from the Collin Street Bakery so I followed up the wee texas blue with a new big texas blue. It is very similar to the first one of these big tins I hammered out in June of 2013. This is the fifth ukulele I’ve built with these pretty tins and it would make a swell duet pair with the wee texas blue while she is still available (hint, hint). The history of the state of Texas plays out on the sides of this whopper and just like on the wee one, the state flower and a rudimentary map grace the lid. Big texas blue has a big ol’ voice to match a big ol’ state

  • tin: 255 x 90 mm, 10 x 3 1/4 in.
  • scale length: 380 mm, 15 in.
  • head to tail: 650 mm, 25 1/2 in.
  • G .010, C .015, E .011, A .008
  • maple neck
  • cocobolo fret board
  • sterling fork and rest
  • silk neck tie strap

She’s all yours for just $320. Contact me if you are interested.

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black rose

black rose 1 black rose 2 black rose 3Boy, I tell ya, I am starting to really like these medium size tins for concert scale ukuleles. They work like a charm. I suppose I will have to start working the big 10 inch tins into baritone ukuleles instead. Don’t miss the wild colors of the polka-dot liner inside this silk neck-tie strap. You can just see the pattern peeking out of the right side of the top photo. The mottled patina in the steel of the cookie tin bottom gives black rose a world-wise personality, and the fleurs-de-lis on the tin and arm rest give her a mild, regal bearing. She’s a special gal!

  • tin: 185 x 65 mm, 7 1/4 x 2 1/2 in.
  • scale length: 380 mm, 15 in.
  • head to tail: 620 mm, 24 1/2 in.
  • G .010, C .015, E .011, A .008
  • maple neck
  • cocobolo fret board
  • stainless fork and rest
  • silk neck tie strap

Sorry folks, Black Rose was sold at the San Luis Obispo Maker Faire, May 10, 2014. We had a really swell volunteer for the day who picked up a uke for the first time at the Faire. She learned a few chords from me and many more plus a few songs from other uke players who happened by. By the time she had to go for the day she was ready to make this uke her own. If our volunteer is reading this… thank you so much for all the help and enthusiasm getting other people to try out an instrument and I hope your new instrument brings years of strumming.

burnt orange lefty

burnt orange1 burnt orange2 burnt orange3This lefty concert scale ukulele was completed in June of 2013 and has such a mellow voice I wish I played left handed. You can see in the video below that I switched to playing right handed but turned the chords upside down just to make a decent demonstration. This is the third left handed instrument I have built. The first was for my special lady friend, and the second was for my sister’s beau. I’m always up for making more as custom orders, so contact me if you want a lefty but don’t like this tin… but I’m telling you this one is very sweet.

  • tin: 7 1/2 x 2 3/4 in.
  • scale length: 380 mm, 15 in.
  • head to tail: 620 mm, 24 1/4 in.
  • G .010, C .015, E .011, A .008
  • maple neck
  • cocobolo fret board
  • sterling fork and rest
  • silk neck tie strap

All for just $300. Contact me if you are interested.

big tex blue

big tex blue1 big tex blue2 big tex blue3Ah, she is a beauty. Completed in June 2013, big tex was built with one of my favorite sorts of tins. This is my third concert scale ukulele using a Collin Street Bakery tin with the double Texas Bluebonnet on the lid, but this is the first and only one using the big ten inch tin. It’s got a loud voice and a loud neck tie strap.

  • tin: 10 x 3 1/4 in.
  • scale: 380 mm, 15 in.
  • head to tail: 650 mm, 25 1/4 in.
  • G .010, C .015, E .011, A .008
  • maple neck
  • cocobolo fret board
  • silk neck tie strap

This instrument was snapped up by a resident the great state of Texas as a tin wedding anniversary gift (that’s the 10th anniversary in case you were wondering). Thanks again D. Your purchase made all this fooling around so much more worth it.

banjeaurine

banjo3 banjo2I built this banjeaurine on a lark and to satisfy my interest in learning to play clawhammer. The banjeaurine seemed like an obvious choice as it has a shorter scale length than a typical banjo, similar to a concert scale ukulele, and is tuned to C. This was my first go using a tin that was not round. I have avoided using octagonal, rectangular, or other odd shaped tins because the lids are usually lose on the sides and introduce all sorts of can rattle noise. In addition, those flat sides are not supported by the shape. In a round tin the curve of the sides make them stiff. In this case, as you can see in the first image above, the back side is supported by what was the top of the tin with a round hole. Sorry folks, this one is not for sale. I love playing it but it is quirky so for now it’s the only one. I could be convinced to build another if you are really interested.

  • tin: 6 7/8 x 4 3/4 inch
  • scale length: 380 mm, 15 inch
  • head to tail: 620 mm, 24 3/8 inch
  • c .008, G .010, C .015, E .011, G .010
  • maple neck
  • cocobolo fret board
  • silk neck tie strap

big danish

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This instrument was a favorite to play as soon as I completed it. It has a big brash sound due to its extra large tin.

      • 10 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch tin
      • scale length: 385 mm, 15 1/8 in. (concert ukulele)
      • head to tail: 645 mm, 25 1/2 in.
      • strings: G .010, C .015, E .011, A .008  steel, loop end
      • maple neck
      • cocobolo fretboard
      • silk necktie strap
      • silver plate string anchor and arm rest

She’s all yours for just $160. Send me a message if you are interested.

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You can see the back of the tin here. It’s the one in the middle.

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