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.


Dana said...

That's cool. We make guitars out of shoe boxes and rubber bands. I don't think I'd take pictures of that, though. : )

How long has he been doing this?

Birdie said...

Wow! You two have such impressive hobbies!

Javamom said...

Thank you, ladies! Hubby has been doing this for about five or six years, now.

He has made ukuleles with "camp" kids out of ziploc storage containers, Dana. They had a simple wooden neck attached, real strings and tuning pegs, and actually worked pretty well!

Robin said...

WOW. My oldest son would love that! Very nice.