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ricdoug
09-21-2013, 08:45 AM
My friend Jim worked as an apprentice for master luthier John Kinard to craft an ukulele for his lovely Hawai'i bride Sandy for their 40th anniversary. Watch this video of love from beginning to end, especially the concert by Sandy. Jim has set a new bar for gift giving:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDK34zsKUCo&feature=player_embedded

ricdoug
09-21-2013, 08:50 AM
P.S., keep a large box of Kleenex nearby...

Shady Wilbury
09-21-2013, 09:17 AM
Thanks so much for sharing, Ric. Simply beautiful. :)

HBolte
09-21-2013, 09:41 AM
What a great love story!

PhilUSAFRet
09-21-2013, 10:00 AM
Awesome. Congrats on the Anniversary and on the gorgeous uke.

cantsing
09-21-2013, 10:54 AM
Truly a one-of-a kind gift! Any word on what she got for him?

ricdoug
09-21-2013, 11:23 AM
Jim plays an ipu. His nickname is ePooh Jim and has installed pickups in a few he's made for playing on noisy stages. They have their own ipu garden and Jim handcrafts the ipu. I do not know what Sandy got for Jim, but they are happy with each other. Just a lovely couple. Ric

ricdoug
09-21-2013, 11:33 AM
Sandy spends time touring with her famous rock band, The UKE-TTS, at assisted living homes and other famous establishments:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tawgb2ufzhQ

They have a large local fan base.

Kdogg
09-21-2013, 11:49 AM
Stellar !!!!! Can't put much more thought into a gift than that...

UkeKiddinMe
09-21-2013, 12:13 PM
Beautiful story and beautiful new ukulele.
That was fun watching it get built.

mm stan
09-21-2013, 01:23 PM
Aloha Ric,
Mahalo for sharing that sweet story of your friends love to build his love of his life that wonderful ukulele....beautiful story and video, and for him to give it to her at
their vacation at the resort too.... I can tell she really loves it too...so cool man...
the uke will bring so much joy to her and she will pass it on entertaining at senior homes and continue to bring even more joy to the seniors...Maybe the Uke should
be named "JOY"... :)

Ukejenny
09-21-2013, 02:21 PM
Very cool. A lot of thought and love went into that. When I read the original post, I thought someone was going to die or get a terminal disease at the end of the video. Very thankful it had a happy ending!!!

sugengshi
09-22-2013, 02:55 AM
This is simply inspirational. Although I am not as talented, I am so motivated to do something special for my wife when it is our 16th anniversary next year.

teruterubouzu
09-22-2013, 03:22 AM
This is very sweet. Thanks for sharing their story and the video.

dkcrown
09-22-2013, 03:50 AM
Nice story Ric, thanks for sharing. And very generous of John to share his time for such a wonderful project.

cigarfan
09-22-2013, 05:57 AM
Heart warming. An incredibly special thing to do!

Congrats to Jim & Sandy on 40 years and John for opening his shop for such a wonderful project.

Thanks for sharing Ric.

ricdoug
09-23-2013, 06:38 PM
Jim and Sandy have no clue that I posted this here. They are a salt of the Earth couple. Ric