December 2: taking form

Not much happening this week, got December’s Uke together and it’s taken form.

  

Here it is with October’s ukulele, and a ukulele I messed up (for November’s Uke.) As you can see, I am going pineapple for this last one.

It’s probably going to be finished next week, or there abouts, so the project is coming to an end. I’ve decided to make random ukes afterwards, and these will probably be sold off or given away. Anyway, that is in the future so I can worry about that later.

Advertisements

December 1: The end approaches

So I thought I would end the project on time, so work has begun on the last uke for the uke-a-month project. I can’t believe it’s nearly been a year, but it was fun making these ukes. Here is a tease on the last uke.

IMG_0944

So a lot of thought went into making these ukes, and I wasn’t sure what to do afterwards. Would I continue making ukes? I think I will. Will it be every month? Probably not. But I can say one thing for sure, I really love ukes, and so long as that’s true, I will keep making them. Here is a little tease on the next ukulele I will be making 🙂 The end really is approaching!

bill copy

November: my uke

It is November, and perhaps maybe more importantly, the month I came into being. I’ve never celebrated my birthday really, I don’t particularly get the idea of fussing over the anniversary of your birth, but I thought I should at least dedicate this month’s uke to myself.

I love cartoons. I really love animation, and I think we’re in a golden age of cartoons at the moment. I have absolutely fallen in love with these shows, and if you don’t recognise them, I have to ask you to leave right now, go to youtube and search any of the following: steven universe; adventure time; gravity falls; and/or over the garden wall.

Anyway, I think cartoons are a big part of my life, so here is November’s uke. It has no namesake, but if it did I would probably call it the ‘coo’ uke 🙂

IMG_0468 IMG_0469 IMG_0470 IMG_0472 IMG_0474 IMG_0475 IMG_0476 

This was the last solid wood uke I built. So in a sense this was the last ‘traditional’ build. I took everything I learnt about working with wood, and put it into this uke.

Ok, so I cheated a little. I actually made this in the summer. I had my reasons. I’ve given this uke away already to the person I look up to and call a hero, so it’s with them now. In order to get it to them in time, I had to cheat. I think this uke was always meant to be given to them anyway. They will porbably love it more than me, and I think it suits them more, seeing as they are super ‘coo.’ There is a sneaky thank you inside the body as well, if you’re reading this!

And to finish everything off nicely, here it is again, a time-lapsed video of it being built:

Only one more uke now until this uke-a-month project is done!!! I am putting everything I’ve learnt into this one. The November uke will always be my best, so maybe this 13th one will be the 2nd best?

October 3: The ‘autumn’ ukulele

So here is October’s ukulele. It’s namesake is ‘Autumn.’

IMG_0846

It was going to be called the ‘Rustling’ ukulele but I could not get it to rustle when you strum. So went with autumn instead.

IMG_0850 IMG_0849 IMG_0848 IMG_0847

Nothing unusual here. It is just a straight up normal uke, albeit having a low g string, a concert size, and thin bodied.

Here’s a video:

November and December left now. Almost there!

IMG_0851