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Ron
06-28-2012, 05:28 PM
My wife and i are holidaying in Dunedin and IT WAS HER IDEA to visit friend and luthier, Steve Barkman.
So a cuppa and a chat later I've ordered a mahogany tenor with macrocarpa trim and a macaasar(?) fret board.
VERY excited.

kvehe
06-28-2012, 06:07 PM
Yay! I like the way she thinks. When will you have your special tenor?

Kathryn

mds725
06-28-2012, 07:26 PM
Congratulations!

For those who, like me, hadn't heard of Steve Barkman, here's a link to his website.
http://www.stevebarkman.com (http://www.stevebarkman.com/)

mm stan
06-29-2012, 03:33 AM
Congrats Ron...no forget the pictures...happy strummings

Mandarb
06-29-2012, 03:41 AM
Congrats! Look forward to some pics.

Jake Wildwood
06-29-2012, 04:25 AM
Cool. :)

Macrocarpa:
http://www.fishing-day.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/1307487609-22.jpg

Ron
06-29-2012, 01:08 PM
Yay! I like the way she thinks. When will you have your special tenor?

Kathryn
He'll be able to start on it in two months. Funny thing is, I know Steve's guitars well but wasn't sure what he'd think about making a ukulele. But the reason it'll take a couple of months to get started one mine is that he has four tenors on the go already - two of them eight strings.

Ron
06-29-2012, 01:09 PM
Cool. :)

Macrocarpa:
http://www.fishing-day.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/1307487609-22.jpg
That's it exactly.......;-)

Ron
06-29-2012, 01:09 PM
Congrats Ron...no forget the pictures...happy strummings

There will be pics. Couple of months

Ron
06-29-2012, 01:24 PM
Congratulations!

For those who, like me, hadn't heard of Steve Barkman, here's a link to his website.
http://www.stevebarkman.com (http://www.stevebarkman.com/)
Steve is the nicest bloke. Lives is a little settlement on the penninsula outside Dunedin. Workshop attached to his house. he was happy to dig around in his wood piles and show me all sorts of options, happy to discuss the details of inlay and machine heads etc.. In the end I opted for mahogony and macrocarpa, fairly plain instrumemt and I'd leave the design details to him because I know he'll do it justice. I've seen several of his intruments in the hands of New Zealand musicians including Lorina Harding http://www.myspace.com/lorinahardingldw and Hyram Ballard http://www.thechaps.com/music.html - I respect those two enormously so if Steve is good enough for them....
Two of the ukes he's making are heading for USA and I know his guitars are played all over the world so you might bump into them at some stage.

Ron
08-14-2012, 10:10 PM
and so it begins...416984169941700

webby
08-14-2012, 10:20 PM
Dunedin: A Maori word that mean "Horizontal Drizzle :)

Ron
08-14-2012, 10:23 PM
Dunedin: A Maori word that mean "Horizontal Drizzle :)
Cut it out....it's paradise down there....and, yes, there is quite often horizontal drizzle......but that means Steve will stay inside and build my uke!!

Ron
10-05-2012, 09:49 AM
Neeeeaaaarrrllly ready.4374843749

peaceweaver3
10-05-2012, 10:57 AM
Congrats Ron! Enjoy the waiting... And the tenor!
Edit: I actually know someone in Nelson... Meg of MegWeaves... Wow, I'm speechless!

KamakOzzie
10-05-2012, 12:30 PM
Cool. :)

Macrocarpa:
http://www.fishing-day.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/1307487609-22.jpg

Wow, a "sea" major scale !!!!!!

garyg
10-05-2012, 12:40 PM
Pretty amusing to see a guy from Nelson with the best weather defending the weather in Dunedin <g>. Is Steve the guy who has the shop that's just off the Octogon, or is that another luthier who makes guitars and ukes? And, those old Dunedin weather chestnuts, Don't like the weather, wait an hour and it will be different, or Dunedin has four seasons and they come in one day. When I was there in high summer last year it frequently was warmer in Winter here in Athens GA than in Dunners <g>. Fond memories though. g2

Ron
10-06-2012, 10:21 PM
The slogan in Dunedin is "No such thing as bad weather - just inappropriate clothing."
Steve works at twang Town which is owned and operated by Hyram Ballard who is also a fantastic guitarist and in The Chaps (http://www.thechaps.com/)

Ron
10-06-2012, 10:26 PM
Congrats Ron! Enjoy the waiting... And the tenor!
Edit: I actually know someone in Nelson... Meg of MegWeaves... Wow, I'm speechless!
Cheers
I don't know Meg but have seen her work in galleries around the town.

Ron
10-25-2012, 08:14 PM
She's done. I haven't got her yet but she's done.4465844659

mds725
10-25-2012, 08:54 PM
She's done. I haven't got her yet but she's done.

Sweet! That looks like a beautiful uke! Congratulations on your soon-to-be-new-arrival.

caukulele
10-26-2012, 03:31 AM
Looks lovely..can't wait to hear a sound sample of this one. Beautiful work.

Ron
10-26-2012, 08:38 AM
Looks lovely..can't wait to hear a sound sample of this one. Beautiful work.
I'll have a crack at getting a vid or something up when it arrives

Jake Wildwood
10-27-2012, 08:34 PM
I like the bottom on that thing!

Newportlocal
10-27-2012, 09:09 PM
Congratulations! Bet she sounds nice.

Ron
10-28-2012, 08:38 PM
I like the bottom on that thing!
The shape on the lower bout? Yeah, I like it too. Fat Bottomed Girl. Maybe that'll be her name. I haven't even played one of Steve's ukes so not sure how it will feel.

Ron
12-21-2012, 04:14 PM
It's heeeeerrrrre! Steve Barkman was passing through town and dropped this in on his way past. American mahogany with Macrocarpa trim and maccasser ebony fret board. Gotoh tuners, Belcat pick up. Feels and sounds beautiful. That's Xmas. Sorted.465954659646597

Ron
12-21-2012, 04:20 PM
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Ron
12-23-2012, 03:49 PM
put a review up here
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?74502-Steve-Barkman-Custom-tenor&p=1132598#post1132598

joeybug
12-23-2012, 07:52 PM
Looks like a beauty! Congrats and happy Christmas!

Ron
12-24-2012, 08:37 AM
Looks like a beauty! Congrats and happy Christmas!
Cheers, JB