Now I also make jewelry

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Ukulele on a shoestring

When you need a strap for your uke so that your left hand has greater freedom, here's a cheap and convenient way to go.

A plastic mini-hook on a strip of adhesive: it has a little tongue that you pull on when you don't want it on your uke any longer: whether after a day, a month or a year, it comes off like a charm and leaves no trace whatever, so it's perfectly harmless to your most treasured possession. Place it on the tail end, slightly off-center (horizontally and vertically closer to your body), attach one end of a shoe-lace to it and the other end just behind the nut.

This way, I was able to splurge on a fluorescent elasticized band which provides even more freedom (and glows in the dark!! -- just kidding, but possibilities are endless).

Tuesday, 6 October 2009


I haven't posted in a month, but I have not been idle...

My first baritone, and a bit of a gamble at that since I used the same maple veneer for the soundboard as for the sides: gorgeous wood but more akin to skin than to a piece of wood.
A lot of work went into it, in particular the general design, shaping the headstock and the bridge the bridge, and then, the last three days spent shaping 4-5 different nuts and 3 saddles before I could get the action exactly right.

I'm pleased (overlooking minor flaws), not only by the beauty of the various woods once finished, but also by the sound: like re-discovering the uke all over again!