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Moore Bettah Ukuleles
11-29-2009, 03:25 PM
I don't often post my new work but I'm making an exception for this one. For some reason everyone has been wanting koi lately and this is the fourth koi uke I've done in a row. Hopefully it will be a long time before I'm inlaying another fish. I've begun sprouting gills.
(Better pics on my web site if you care to bother. This is the best I know how to do here.)

11-29-2009, 03:38 PM
thats purdy!!:D whats up with the bottom?

Ronnie Aloha
11-29-2009, 03:42 PM
I think it would have been nicer with a slotted headstock. j/k:D

11-29-2009, 03:44 PM


11-29-2009, 03:45 PM
You deserve a day off Chuck. To do anything but go fishing eh? Incredible work as always.

11-29-2009, 03:50 PM
Wow, that is some amazing work, Chuck.

11-29-2009, 03:53 PM
Wow, that's really beautiful! Thanks for giving us a good look.


11-29-2009, 03:58 PM
Okay, that seals it... Some day, Chuck, I'm going to own one of your instruments.

That one is absolutely gorgeous.


Moore Bettah Ukuleles
11-29-2009, 04:11 PM
Believe it or not, that's far less inlay than the customer wanted. The most amazing thing is the sound though. The koi actually swim around the sound hole while it's being played!

11-29-2009, 04:16 PM
WOW- Just WOW!

I don't know how you do it, but you are seriously from another planet. Your work is inspiring. That is one incredible instrument AND piece of art. Excellent work as always.

Oh and I agree, would have looked better with a slotted headstock... ;)


11-29-2009, 04:39 PM
I love it, even with the traditional headstock :p

11-29-2009, 04:49 PM
Here are links for lazy people like me:


Jaw-dropping work, Mr. Moore.

11-29-2009, 05:18 PM
good grief that’s some detailed cutting!! Impeccable... I'm always inspired by your work :)

Vic D
11-29-2009, 05:30 PM
I want it. I did tats for a few years and always enjoyed doing the koi... in fact I have one on my leg. That uke rocks like a.. umm rocker, inspiring. What kind of woods are in that rope and fretboard binding? Looks kinda like paduak ebony maple. I got some paduak waiting for when I don't suck so bad. Fish or cut bait... yep, love it.

Steve vanPelt
11-29-2009, 06:13 PM
Wow, that is so beautiful in so many ways. I love the pointy end and all the inlay around it. Like that creamy colored neck, too...is that maple?.

Oh and BTW, how would you inlay an entire koi pond on a slotted headstock. I like it just the way it is. so what do you do to get the koi to swim while you play, stick a quarter in the SSP?:drool::rock::worship::shaka:

11-29-2009, 07:34 PM
The koi actually swim around the sound hole while it's being played!
Dominator hit the nail on the head, you do need a day off. :music:

11-29-2009, 11:45 PM
[QUOTE= The koi actually swim around the sound hole while it's being played![/QUOTE]

Yes I bet, and they swim to the soundhole when you sprinkle food in there.....


Moore Bettah Ukuleles
11-30-2009, 06:10 AM
The wood purfling is actually four different woods. In order they are Ebony, rosewood, redwood and pear and bound with .010" white and black fiber. The neck is Spanish cedar, reinforced with carbon fiber. Extremely light wood and easy to work with. Pore filling requires many applications however.
Giving an inlay artist a slotted headstock is like giving Monet a picture frame to paint on.

11-30-2009, 06:37 AM

Looking at your beautiful builds is about the only thing that rekindles my UAS. :D

Vic D
11-30-2009, 06:56 AM
Awesome work as always. That binding is out of sight. I carved out a spanish cedar neck yesterday, it's a three piece with walnut in the center. The dadgum thing drifted at the scarf joint when I clamped it up so the stripe is a hair off there. Another jig to build. I'll be glad when I'm done building jigs.
Thanks for the info on the pore filling. I probably should have bought a bigger can cause I've got a lot of spanish cedar, love that stuff.

Pete Howlett
11-30-2009, 07:34 AM
Chuck - just post your new work. You know we all want to see it!

11-30-2009, 07:08 PM
Thank you, Chuck. I no longer have any desire to make a koi inspired ukulele. I will beat you to the McDonald's inlay. I swear on Noah's boar tusks.