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Beau Hannam Ukuleles
08-26-2014, 05:18 AM
End Grafts from my latest batch of jumping fleas

Koa, buck eye burl, snakewood with red and blue art nouveau ribbons. (on a Tenor)
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Koa and ebony (on a Selmer)
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Curly maple double rectangle (on a concert)
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Indian rosewood rectangle with blue and white purfling and engraved moons. (on a concert)
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RichM
08-26-2014, 05:19 AM
I like big end grafts and I cannot lie.

Flyfish57
08-26-2014, 06:00 AM
This isn't the site I normally come to see butts, but they are nice ones! Nice work!

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
08-26-2014, 06:18 AM
hahahahh- I called End Grafts "Butt strips" for about 10 years but have since made myself change to End Grafts after a mate got called into HR for "butt strip" searches on his work computer hahahhah

VegasGeorge
08-26-2014, 07:33 AM
Instead of booty we've got bouty, lower bouty, to be exact.

Steveperrywriter
08-26-2014, 08:05 AM
Keep raising expectations, Beau. I hereby expect your next batch of grafts to be even better.

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
08-26-2014, 08:29 AM
Keep raising expectations, Beau. I hereby expect your next batch of grafts to be even better.

Three cheers to learning more and always getting better!

Pete Howlett
08-26-2014, 08:46 AM
True craftsman - perfect mitres. Lovely work executed nicely...

rudy
08-26-2014, 09:48 AM
Stunningly beautiful, Beau!

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
08-26-2014, 10:07 AM
True craftsman - perfect mitres. Lovely work executed nicely...

Thank you so much Pete :)

mds725
08-26-2014, 12:48 PM
Yes, those end grafts make your butts look big. But in a good way.

TJ Uke
08-26-2014, 01:33 PM
Mental!

#butts

Matt Clara
08-26-2014, 01:54 PM
Very nice! Numbers two and three have a distinct art deco look to them. I like it. I am just now finishing my first two ukes with end grafts. They are very amateur by comparison (and yet are still pretty cool!).

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
08-26-2014, 04:51 PM
Very nice! Numbers two and three have a distinct art deco look to them. I like it. I am just now finishing my first two ukes with end grafts. They are very amateur by comparison (and yet are still pretty cool!).

Thanks - I'm an Art Deco man in public but mostly im an Art Nouveau man in the privacy of my own home :)

mjgreenwood
08-26-2014, 05:43 PM
I'm struggling with some basic build issues, one day I'd love to produce something at that level. For now I'll have to enjoy your creativity and craftsmanship. Great work!

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
08-27-2014, 04:09 AM
Thanks mjgreenwood- just keep plugging away at it-
I'd recommend you buy/read any instrument making books (guitar mostly and these can be bought cheap on ebay) as you get great ideas on making cuts in wood, clamping ideas, glue ups, inlaying tips etc from them.

For mitering, use the reflection in the back of the polished chisel to line up the purfling cut.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
08-27-2014, 06:45 AM
Sweet. Digging the first one especially.

Kekani
08-27-2014, 06:56 AM
Beau, between you and Chuck, that's it. I've had it. I quit.

I was just happy to finish my latest one, which had no inlay on it, and was a very simple Koa Spruce, which I did just for fun, and requiring no artistic thought whatsoever (well, compared to some other ukes). I'll have to do that more often.

Or, maybe I'll just resign myself to hocking bits. Heck, I can't even do that (since I don't have any).

Pete Howlett
08-27-2014, 07:41 AM
I couldn't do that work now - eyesight is poor and although the varifocals and head magnifier bring the work closer, everything is being enhanced so it gets distorted and precision becomes elusive... I've been doing 'plane Jane's' forever and people still buy them. My hat is off to you, Chuck, kekani and others who can do this stuff with such flair and precision.

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
08-27-2014, 08:57 AM
Thank you- it is such a nice thing to get praise from the likes of Chuck, Aaron and Pete.

I wanted to add some flowing curves into the first end graft- I'm wanting to move away from right angles as im sick of looking at them on instruments (every one is mitering their butts off at the moment) so I want to get into more nouveau curves and engraving which I really like and are more challenging to do. I am also fine tuning a kind of water colour technique for headstocks which looks promising. It should (hopefully) prove to be a more interesting and creative way of adding colour and dimension to a headstock. Fingers crossed.

ericchico
08-27-2014, 09:29 AM
Great stuff. I follow you on Facebook and love how you keep it updated regularly, give tips and show how you do it. You also take the time to answer PM's which is really cool to an amateur hack like myself. I try not to get discouraged when I see the level you guys are working at, like playing guitar then watching Tommy E. Keep posting more its very much appreciated.

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
08-27-2014, 09:55 AM
Hi Ericchico,

Don't get discouraged by people doing tricky things but I know it is a fine line between pleasure and pain- Just think how I feel when Chuck posts his F@*#*@# inlay pics!!!! hahahhahahaha

I enjoy posting "how to" pics as I know i get alot from when other luthiers show their ways- im always learning cool tips- the latest being Aaron Oya's fingerboard positioning method.

That is what i love about this forum and I applauded all the UU people for it :)

hawaii 50
08-27-2014, 01:24 PM
Beau, between you and Chuck, that's it. I've had it. I quit.

I was just happy to finish my latest one, which had no inlay on it, and was a very simple Koa Spruce, which I did just for fun, and requiring no artistic thought whatsoever (well, compared to some other ukes). I'll have to do that more often.

Or, maybe I'll just resign myself to hocking bits. Heck, I can't even do that (since I don't have any).

Haha Aaron...

your simple Koa/Spruce sold in about a day....as usual....:) it is about the sound/tone for me...

when you retire are you going to build more often? must be hard building in only your spare time and with a family....congrats your ukes looking good...Mike loved your stuff....:)

sorry did not read the entire thread...yes very nice end butts....:)

coolcow
08-28-2014, 06:07 AM
Sweet. Digging the first one especially.

Wow...Chuck likes my Butt....Great Job Beau!!!

Dan Uke
08-28-2014, 06:39 AM
Wow...Chuck likes my Butt

I was gonna make a comment but decided not to go there ;)

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
08-28-2014, 06:47 AM
Cough, Cough hahahhahah.

I should have dispensed with a nitro finish in favour of an oil rub I suppose ;)

Kekani
08-28-2014, 07:04 AM
Oil rubbed butts. BTDT.

jcalkin
08-28-2014, 07:33 AM
Crazy-cool end grafts, Beau.

Dan Uke
08-30-2014, 04:09 AM
Cough, Cough hahahhahah.

I should have dispensed with a nitro finish in favour of an oil rub I suppose ;)

You're such a Beauner! I give Niq credit coining that phrase and I really wanted to use it. hahaha

Boys will be boys. :cheers:

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
09-02-2014, 05:28 AM
Hahahhaha- Ill try to keep posting Beaunafied pics

BlueLatitude
09-02-2014, 06:46 AM
of Beaukuleles.

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
09-03-2014, 02:15 PM
My latest butt :)- rosewood sail, with Snakewood and paua triangle. Cocobolo binding on tassy blackwood- it will have a strap pin in the middle.

70499

70500

Steveperrywriter
09-03-2014, 08:47 PM
I would say he's a lucky guy, but only because he picked an ace luthier; the work ain't luck ...

Glad I booked a seat on the Hannam Express before all the tickets sold out ...

mds725
09-03-2014, 10:20 PM
I would say he's a lucky guy, but only because he picked an ace luthier; the work ain't luck ...

Glad I booked a seat on the Hannam Express before all the tickets sold out ...

All I did was say "Art Deco" and suggest an asymmetrical triangle, and Beau produced this beautiful end graft. I'm thrilled to be on the train as well!

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
09-04-2014, 03:40 AM
Its a love train with many carriages and a glass roof. No stones allowed though :)

mds725
09-04-2014, 01:28 PM
Its a love train with many carriages and a glass roof. No stones allowed though :)

I'm still looking for the dining car.

Steveperrywriter
09-04-2014, 03:02 PM
Hear that, Mick? Keef? You can't come in here ...

Stevelele
09-05-2014, 10:12 AM
Best ends in the business... your artistic vision for geometric shapes is unparalleled--absolutely love what you do.


My latest butt :)- rosewood sail, with Snakewood and paua triangle. Cocobolo binding on tassy blackwood- it will have a strap pin in the middle.

70499

70500

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
09-05-2014, 10:46 AM
Thank you so much :)