View Full Version : Amazing vid of making a uke "the old way" - it doesn't look THAT hard! LOL

11-25-2011, 08:50 PM
Hi Guys

I found this the other day & just find it fascinating to watch!!

Such simple procedures - the glue looks like it was hot too! Is that right??

I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I have! (It takes a little while to load, so please be patient - it is worth it!)



11-25-2011, 10:02 PM
Hi Roberta..That Film is a favourite of mine also..Have a look at this :cool: http://www.ukulelecosmos.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=14607&p=167773#p167773

Rick Turner
11-26-2011, 07:22 AM
Yes, hot hide glue which was really the only glue other than fish glue used up into maybe the late 1950 at the earliest for cold polyvinyl and "aliphatic resin" one part glues like Titebond and Elmer's.

Just teaching my 16 year old son how to work with hot hide glue this very weekend. It's great stuff, and the only glue to use for vintage instrument restoration if you want to do it correctly.

Dan Uke
11-26-2011, 07:54 AM
Just teaching my 16 year old son how to work with hot hide glue this very weekend.

The Turner legacy continues!!

11-26-2011, 08:46 AM
It's great to see this one resurface on the boards . . . previously posted in Jul '08. http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?4581-Ukulele-Making-Video-from-the-1900s

Pete Howlett
11-26-2011, 03:26 PM
The regular 'repeat showing' of this fabulous highly originally edited showreel (see Ken Timms' analysis of the number of Hawaian builders filmed who to a non Hawaian like me, all look alike :) ) is so welcome. We often forget that the ukulele is a folk instrument that has its roots in the most basic of handskills executed with the deftness of someone who does it every single day multiple times over. Every builder can learn something new watching this video over and over again. Thanks :)

11-28-2011, 05:37 AM
Yep,...one ting that gets me in this video is all the work is done STANDING! lol

From someone who did jewelery repair and diamond setting for 35 years sitting at a bench,....it does seem a bit strange to me.

11-28-2011, 01:04 PM
....Hi Roberta..That Film is a favourite of mine also..Have a look at this http://www.ukulelecosmos.com/phpBB3/...167773#p167773..

Very interesting observations there in how many contributed to the film, Timbuck! Definitely looks like a group effort in the make! I've watched it numerous times (and have now passed it onto my uke group as well to watch) and just find the whole thing fascinating! The way he bends the sides - definitely that 'overlap' that you spotted - it could surely confirm that your uke is one of the early ones?

At the end, the gentleman playing even appears to be doing 'Formby Style' strums as well! Nothing is new, eh?

I had read about the Hide Glue being used on the older instruments. A great vid & we are lucky to have it around, I reckon!


11-28-2011, 01:16 PM
Fun to watch. Thanks for posting that.

11-28-2011, 02:20 PM
Yes - thanks for posting, Roberta. I've never seen that before. Man, he was FAST! :)