View Full Version : A big Thank You!!

Ed Gilkison
02-02-2012, 06:50 PM
Hi Guys!
Just want to thank all the on-line luthiers here for being so open on uke building info, - really great of everyone.
About a year ago my dad suffered a heart attack on fathers day. He is in his eighties, but has been very active. As it is now difficult for him to get out to our big boat shop to do his hobbies - wood working, making custom knives, etc, my brother and I helped him enclose our back porch and make it into a little hobby room. I had got him a little lathe, and some 'pen kits' to make wood bodied pens. In a few days he had then figured out and was knocking them out every ten minutes!
But then - he saw me get a new Tom Guy cigar box uke for my collection- and said "I could build those" and he made a couple cigar box ukes!
Then wanting to go the next step to figure '8' bodys, made up a pipe to boil water and wood ' steam box, like we did in the boat business. After not going well, I got him a bending iron - now there is no stopping him!!
Last time I looked he had done a super Concert, two Baritones, a Tenor and a couple more Tenors on the way-
He hates computers, but I've been giving him pointers, and printing out pics and such from what you have posted that interests him.
so - THANK YOU all for giving my dad a new interest, and hobby - :)

02-02-2012, 08:08 PM
Your dad sounds awesome.Post some pics so we can praise his work.

Ed Gilkison
02-02-2012, 08:24 PM
Thanks 'tonewood'! Will do! :)

Pete Howlett
02-02-2012, 11:22 PM
Ed - well done. I hope my kids will do the same for me when my body starts giving way to the aging process!

Pukulele Pete
02-03-2012, 02:19 AM
Hi Guys!
Just want to thank all the on-line luthiers here for being so open on uke building info, - really great of everyone.

Me too , great info here.

02-03-2012, 03:42 AM
Thats awesome Ed I Would love to see some pics of your Dad's work. He can be your main supplier ;)

Ken W
02-03-2012, 04:03 AM
Ed...thanks for your inspiring and uplifting post. What a gift you and your dad have given each other. Like the others, I would love to see some pictures of his work.

02-03-2012, 04:24 AM
Ed that is great and I too hope one day my kids will do the same for me!

Ed Gilkison
02-03-2012, 05:43 AM
3316133162 Here are a couple pics. I'll get a few more today of his figure '8' bodied ukes.

Ed Gilkison
02-03-2012, 05:52 AM
And on that little wood lathe I got dad, - my brother figured out how to make bracelets!33163

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
02-03-2012, 06:17 AM
Great stuff Ed. Inspiring.

Liam Ryan
02-03-2012, 09:43 AM
I hope I'm still knocking them out at that age. Love it!

02-03-2012, 09:49 AM
That's one of the best posts I've seen here. A big thank you for that.

And hows the workspace! Lot's of natural light and a view. Nothing to complain about there.

Ed Gilkison
02-03-2012, 11:35 AM
pics of his latest project!

Ed Gilkison
02-03-2012, 11:41 AM
3316833169 and pics of one of the baritones and a pic of his first figure '8' - a super concert from last fall.

Liam Ryan
02-03-2012, 01:04 PM
He's outta control!:cool:

02-03-2012, 01:56 PM
3316833169 and pics of one of the baritones and a pic of his first figure '8' - a super concert from last fall.

When does he start accepting orders?

I've got a credit card and I'm not afraid to use it!!!

02-03-2012, 02:03 PM
Very cool....he is doing great work!!!!


02-03-2012, 07:29 PM
Ed, your dads got the touch. Pretty inspirational actually. Got to love it.

02-03-2012, 09:07 PM
What a beautiful story Ed! It goes hand & hand with the beautiful work! Please keep us posted!

02-04-2012, 05:39 AM
Great story indeed. That's just so cool.

02-04-2012, 09:27 PM

I have to admit that this is the most impressive story I've ever read on a Ukuleleforum. Thanks for sharing. I hope my daughters will do this for me when I'm old and your father will enjoy building ukuleles for a veeeeery long time.

Greetings from Germany, Volker

Ed Gilkison
02-04-2012, 11:14 PM
-for a Christmas gift, I got dad (and my brother the cabinet maker) , a few engraved planes. In the boat shop we all used Stanley 60 1/2 low angles. I found a fellow on ebay selling used planes he had done up, and thought dad would like 'em.
I showed Dad, that some of you had made your own planes - and clamps, and dad said "I can do that!"
-then one of our neighbors, who knows dad likes wood, came over with this maple board he thought dad might like - :)


Ed Gilkison
02-04-2012, 11:59 PM
Thanks Guys!!!
-all these little tool ideas, and 'how to's' - I picked up off this forum over time, to give to dad, and try to aid him with his 'new' hobby.
- nothing seems to detour him - even making these little 'clothes pin' clamps -
- thank all of you luthiers out there - for the great ideas!! :) and thank you , Tom Guy, for making cigar box ukes, that gave dad the inspiration :)
Best Wishes & Happy Uke Building Everyone!
Ed 33205

02-05-2012, 02:17 AM
Super Cool is not saying enough!!!Your Dad is a real Craftsman..Old School Spirit..Charge and Accomplish.. Very Inspiring, thank you for sharing and please thank him also..Casey

Ed Gilkison
10-06-2013, 12:51 AM
Hi Guys!
Well , dad is still at it! -(:o) , currently making a tenor for one of the grand kids - been on it the last three weeks or so.
So again - THANK YOU!!!!

Ed Gilkison
09-12-2015, 04:41 PM
Hi Guys,
I just remembered Pierre did this little Christmas video a while back on the cigar box uke dad made. Dad is 86 now, and is busy making 'mobility devices' (walking sticks! got to get him back on building more ukes this winter!