PDA

View Full Version : Yewkulele anyone?



pakhan
04-06-2012, 03:16 AM
Hi friends, just wanted to share my baby. I ordered this one from my old Friend Adrian Lucas who builds awesome guitars- I wanted something to remind me of the long time I was in England so opted for an all English uke.

In fact, it's made of Yew- hence it's nickname: the Yewkulele.

Yew is a nice tonewood and Adrian also used Laburum for the fingerboard which is a really nice touch as it's an English wood, very durable. The mahogany for the neck is from recycled window frames so the whole uke is very green. Happily it also doubles as a demo instrument for Adrian over here!

Only problem is, I'm really UASing for a tenor now....

BTW, here are pics of the completed instrument but I have the whole build process on photo (kindly provided for by Adrian)- I can post them up too if you guys are interested.


3593335934

ukeeku
04-06-2012, 03:21 AM
looks nice. Sound sample or video would be cool too. thanks for sharing

bbycrts
04-06-2012, 05:57 AM
Beautiful! I think Pete Howlett has built a ukulele or two from yew as well.

Hippie Dribble
04-06-2012, 06:24 AM
Terence, that's one of the most beautiful ukuleles I've ever seen. How does it sound?

Lalz
04-06-2012, 06:44 AM
Terence, that's one of the most beautiful ukuleles I've ever seen. How does it sound?

Indeed! A real stunner, I haven't seen any like this before :love:

OldePhart
04-06-2012, 07:02 AM
Yew've got a nice looking uke there...I'm with the others, let's hear it!

John

pakhan
04-06-2012, 02:16 PM
Thanks Guys,

It's on it's way over to me, I'll post up some recordings when I have it in my hands!

WOBster
04-06-2012, 02:29 PM
Love it! Very pretty indeed...

Bob Bledsoe
04-06-2012, 02:45 PM
Wow, that is stunning. Excited to hear it.

Gwynedd
04-06-2012, 02:46 PM
Firstly, that is beautiful work. I am a fan of yew-wood. My mom has a VERY old table, sort of a library table, of yew and I have had a lifelong "love affair" with it. It is amazing looking wood--dense and beautiful.

pakhan
04-06-2012, 10:04 PM
I can't wait to play it- truth be told all the Yew guitars I have played have been very sweet and balanced so I have my fingers crossed for this uke!

ejnovinsky
04-06-2012, 11:24 PM
Holy smokes that thing is pretty!

Nickie
04-06-2012, 11:30 PM
Wow, beautiful! Very striking...

dkcrown
04-07-2012, 12:41 AM
I am always a sucker for a sapwood "skunk stripe." Very sharp looking uke.

UK Paulie
04-07-2012, 01:52 AM
A couple of the builders over here use yew and every 'yewk' I've heard build with it has sounded fantastic! Really looking forward to hearing this one mate, congrats on it!

uke4life
04-07-2012, 02:01 AM
I am always a sucker for a sapwood "skunk stripe." Very sharp looking uke.

x2 Very nice!!!

raecarter
04-07-2012, 02:22 AM
I know Daryl from Cursley ukes did one as well iit looks very similar to that. They're lovely

fitncrafty
04-07-2012, 02:34 AM
That is one stunning yewke.. Enjoy it!

PhilUSAFRet
04-07-2012, 03:08 AM
Bloody gorgeous! Hope it sounds as good as it looks

Pete Howlett
04-14-2012, 09:48 AM
Yew is botanically a softwood so you don't get the standard ukulele sound from it. I've built quite a few and they have all been very resonant but quite 'dark' in their sound. Although I like the look of yew it is hard getting good pieces; because of the way it grows and the fact that it is a non-plantation wood there is a huge amount of wastage in conversion. The sapwood tho striking can be structurally weak especially in the transition area from sapwood to heartwood.

barefootgypsy
04-14-2012, 12:09 PM
Yew is botanically a softwood so you don't get the standard ukulele sound from it. I've built quite a few and they have all been very resonant but quite 'dark' in their sound. Although I like the look of yew it is hard getting good pieces; because of the way it grows and the fact that it is a non-plantation wood there is a huge amount of wastage in conversion. The sapwood tho striking can be structurally weak especially in the transition area from sapwood to heartwood.It's interesting to get the "low-down" on the wood. It's certainly very striking and unusual! A beautiful-looking piece of work!

pakhan
04-14-2012, 01:20 PM
Hi Pete,

It is unfortunate that Yew trees aren't cultivated like before- I think the reduced need for longbows has something to do with it. The good news is that there are plantations of Pacific Yew (also a Taxus) in the US- cos they use the bark for taxols, a chemotherapy drug. Not sure what happens to the heartwood after.