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Ukador
12-24-2014, 08:03 AM
Hello there !

At the moment I am planning to order a custom Soprano Ukulele and I wonder if it is possible to build a Uke out of a Whisky barrel. At least the back and the sides should be made of that barrel.

I would like to know if that even is possible and what kind of sound you guys would expect ?

Thank you in advance
Daniel

Dougf
12-24-2014, 08:25 AM
Here's a folding chair and bistro table that I made from a wine barrel. In general, oak makes better furniture than tone wood, but it could be done.

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CeeJay
12-24-2014, 11:29 AM
What sort of sound would you get from a whiskey barrel ?


You have asked for this and you deserve it and yourrre jolly weel gayin' ta geyt i'..

Sing "Ye tak the hay rood an' ahll tak' the low rood an I'll be in Glasgae afore ye...etc"

In my experience anyway.




Hopefully LOL by the way

Rob-C
12-24-2014, 01:45 PM
Nothing wrong with oak tonally, but there's a good deal of ignorant resistance to it. Roger Bucknall at Fylde uses whisky barrels for one range of instruments.
http://www.fyldeguitars.com/sm_ariel.html

Chris_H
12-24-2014, 03:31 PM
Maybe a Highland Park whiskey Barrel?


Here is a turntable made from Whiskey barrels, or so they say... Just a mere 25,000 GBP




http://www.linn.co.uk/all-products/turntables/limited-edition-sondek-lp12

VegasGeorge
12-24-2014, 03:47 PM
I'd be afraid that everything would start to sound like "Roll Out The Barrel," or "The Beer Barrel Polka." That would be so embarrassing! :rolleyes:

Nickie
12-24-2014, 03:56 PM
Seems to me like the notes and chords would be slurred...

Inksplosive AL
12-24-2014, 04:06 PM
This pallet wood ukulele is beautiful.

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?46202-Something-I-ve-been-wanting-to-do

Nickie
12-24-2014, 04:24 PM
It is....wow that could change the future of uke building....they might cost a lot less, if we decide we don't have to have expensive wood like koa and rosewood....we'd never run out of wood, palets usually get ground up into mulch.

Nickie
12-24-2014, 04:25 PM
Nothing wrong with oak tonally, but there's a good deal of ignorant resistance to it. Roger Bucknall at Fylde uses whisky barrels for one range of instruments.
http://www.fyldeguitars.com/sm_ariel.html



Right, I saw and heard my first oak uke (I called it an oakulele) last week, and it sounded as good as any mahogany uke I've ever heard, and was actually prettier.

ksquine
12-25-2014, 03:23 AM
I wonder how long it would take the wood to "dry out". It's certainly worth a "shot". yuk yuk yuk
Oak is ok for wood but finishing whiskey oak would be very difficult......it's already "plastered". yuk yuk yuk