View Full Version : Anyone got a Zimniki Detriot Housing timber uke?

Pete F
03-18-2016, 09:41 AM
I'm not looking to buy one, just curious as to what the aged Douglas Fir top sounds like, and on the whole my interest is piqued....


Luke El U
03-19-2016, 03:41 AM
Where did you hear of this? I was born and raised in Detroit, so this is especially interesting to me.

03-19-2016, 03:49 AM
I saw one and was intrigued. One is at Elderly Instruments online. If you Google, there have been interesting stories about his reclaimed wood project.

Pete F
03-19-2016, 04:37 AM
I must have googled Douglas Fir ukulele, some time ago.

It's Zimnicki I got the spelling wrong on the thread title. There's a a couple of Zmi promo videos that touch on the Detroit Housing timber being used for uke building, and a tenor sound sample. I was wondering if anyone actually has one, and their thoughts.....

DF is an interesting timber, with slightly pinkish hues to the flesh. We've used a lot of it in the past for house building here in the UK, during the Victorian era when there was a massive house building phase. So, getting hold of some is a feasible proporsition. I've had a uke made from English Yew which is my favourite woodland tree ( lovely warm tone similar nearest to cedar ) maybe if I come across a nice piece of DF I'll keep it for a possible future project.

03-19-2016, 05:23 AM
A friend has a Moore Bettah with Douglas fir top, sounds wonderful!