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Blog entry by Texcaster posted 12-21-2016 09:36 PM 836 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These photos are of work by the participants in a Uke building class I’m overseeing. This is a government work for the dole program. Most of the people had no prior interest in woodwork or luthiery. Some still don’t. The only power tool we use is a bench grinder. Some have learned how to grind an edge and then hone it. My biggest triumph is getting them to use a bench hook to cut to length and then trim square with a plane. They just do it now as a matter of course.

These photos are decoration of kit ukes for the Salvation Army. Melissa’s jigsaw pattern inspired the finger board and headstock design for one of the handmade, from scratch, real instruments. Two indigenous women, Christen and her mate, not even in the program, did the turtle uke. Melissa did the jigsaw uke and Kate, the reef sunburst uke.

My carry all. Thanks Melissa.

The old timer. One of the young ones said … ” Dude, that hat is gangster! Where can I get one?” lol

Poulet Shack – ukulele original Manitoba Hal. My all time fav of the moment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BecfyiCR74

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.



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#1 posted 12-21-2016 09:47 PM

Wonderful Bill! Good on you.

Those are very cool skate decks.

-- ~Tony

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#2 posted 12-21-2016 09:53 PM

Cheers Tony. The decks are, left to right, details of Navajo Chief blankets and an Aboriginal shield.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#3 posted 03-14-2017 10:34 PM

Update

The inlay is finished, a little rough in places but very popular. This was our last day BBQ and Melissa’s uke was played by everyone.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#4 posted 03-15-2017 01:55 PM

Love your work Bill, thank you for the update.

-- ~Tony

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#5 posted 03-15-2017 03:54 PM

This is some nice work. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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