View Full Version : Luthier Books, Videos, other resources

09-08-2008, 05:54 AM
I was wondering if anyone could recommend any books, videos, etc about luthiery. (sp?) I know I could google or get on amazon and find books and stuff but I was wanting to hear from people that have acctually used the reasource.

I want to someday build myself a ukulele or two, but right now I don't have much room in my apartment for this kind of project, so I thought I might do so reasearch/studying before I jump in.

Pete I have seen your videos on youtube, very cool.

I think we have a thread in Uke Talk but I am to lazy to search for it and this is probably a better section for this kind of infromation.

Poi Dog
09-09-2008, 01:43 PM
A good book to have... Hana Lima 'Ia Ukulele Construction. CLICK HERE (http://www.hanalimastore.com/servlet/Detail?no=62)


09-09-2008, 07:55 PM
Poi Dog is right on mark with the Hanalima Manual. It is an excellent blow by blow detail of making a tenor ukulele in the spanish heel style. This means the neck and the heel are all one piece (except for maybe a scarf joint at the headstock) and the sides are let into the neck heel. This style also requires attaching the top first. I use a bolt on method of joining the neck to the body. This manual is all you really need to get started but I would also recommend William Cumpiano's book "Guitar Making Tradition and Technology" if you want a broader base of techniques and principles for guitar making that can be carried over to ukulele building. Here is a link to the book.


09-10-2008, 01:30 AM
Thanks Poi Dog and Dom. I have read about the hana lima book somewhere else in the forum and it is always good stuff. I'll definatly have that around should I ever get around to attempting a build. In the mean time I might spend some time reading the guitar building book.

09-10-2008, 08:13 AM
Yes, I agree with Poi Dog and Dom, I currently own the Hana Lima Manual, and it has everything that you need to build an ukulele on your own, it is how I built my first ukulele( and I completed it without any one showing me, just me and the book). I am now building my next 2 ukuleles, and I refer to the manual often to make sure that I am doing it right.
I have checked out two other ukulele building books from the library, and I can safely tell you not to waste your time.
The Hana Lima book is the best, and fullest on he market.
One other thing that I can suggest to anyone that is interested in building ukuleles is to check out the Hana Lima Ia building forum ( www.hanalima.com ). It has thousands of members ( including Dominator and Myself ) who are happy to answer all of your building questions, no matter how seamingly small. I asked for the help of the forum members a lot on my first build.
Good luck

dave g
09-11-2008, 01:21 PM
I think I'm a little unconventional, but there's a lot of stuff here: http://www.wsukes.com/plans.html

Pete Howlett
09-11-2008, 01:38 PM
Dave - you are completely out there on your own. I wish I could join you but I don't have the courage:rofl: keep it coming man - we all need people like you!