07 May, 2007
Dread Pirate Sparsebeard is a luthier, as you may have noted in the margin of my blog. A luthier is a craftsman who makes stringed instruments, such as lutes, mandolins, guitars or violins.
He is also an English teacher, who has "guitar club" in his classroom. Evenso, he spends as much time as he possibly can throwing sawdust down in the art room.
This time, he has built a ukulele from scratch, instead of a mandolin :-). Yes, it is in a mandolin case, but we already have an antique Martin Ukulele in our only uke case.
This new one was crafted out of mahogany, with a dark mahogany stain finish. I like that it is so plain and simple. Hubby usually adds inlay and decoration to his instruments, but not this time. The finger board is probably spruce. I'll have to ask him about that.
Isn't it cute? He's going to narrow down the neck somewhat, and he needs to file on the frets a little, so it will tune up better, but I think it is simply adorable.