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afreiki
11-24-2013, 09:00 AM
I have finished number 5. My daughter wanted a "colorful" ukulele that still shows the wood to give as a good bye gift to a good friend who plays.

Sound is very nice. Top and neck are port orford cedar (salvaged after fire - some pieces up to 1000 yr old). Back and sides and fretboard are quilted maple, died with analyne (sp?) water based dye. I filled the rosette with embossing powder in blue and heated it. The nut and saddle are corian. The tuners gotoh. The bridge is also figured maple, routed, dyed, then sanded on the top and bottom edges. Makes a nice punctuation, I think. I611826118361184voroid binding.

The Big Kahuna
11-24-2013, 09:21 AM
Beautiful. Those colours really work well together.

vanflynn
11-24-2013, 09:32 AM
Beautiful job! Thanks for sharing the pics.

Barbablanca
11-24-2013, 09:54 AM
Gorgeous! Turquoise and natural wood are a marriage made in heaven. I especially like the touches of colour on the bridge.

saltytri
11-24-2013, 10:52 AM
Anne:

So often when people try to do something unusual in the way of design they end up with something that is just "unusual." This, however, is extraordinarily beautiful. Well done!

David

bigphil
11-24-2013, 12:16 PM
Wow! Great job Anne, I love it.

pootsie
11-24-2013, 01:58 PM
Did you make an extra?

Love it. Gorgeous

Nickie
11-24-2013, 02:03 PM
ooooh love the colors! very creative!

Lori
11-24-2013, 03:30 PM
Beautiful! That blue on the quilted maple looks very watery.

–Lori

Doc_J
11-24-2013, 05:02 PM
Beautiful design and craftsmanship! This is only your 5th uke?

BlueLatitude
11-25-2013, 03:22 AM
That is gorgeous. *drool* I love the shape at the end of the fretboard and headstock, as well as the turquoise, which is one of my all time favorite colors.

gnordenstam
11-25-2013, 05:57 AM
Absolutely beautiful!

ksquine
11-25-2013, 07:34 AM
Nice uke. Its certainly BLUE!!

afreiki
11-25-2013, 10:55 AM
Thank you all for your kind comments. My dtr is very excited to get this for her friend.

Anne Flynn

jcalkin
11-25-2013, 01:59 PM
Very sweet uke, Anne.

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
11-26-2013, 05:32 AM
Nice Ann,

I plan on doing some multi tone blue staining of maple burl in a few future builds

The Big Kahuna
11-26-2013, 07:29 AM
Andrew Kitakis posted this DaSilva Uke a while back. Pure sex.

http://andrewkitakis.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/namm-2013_dasilva-blue-maple.jpg?w=750

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
11-26-2013, 09:09 AM
Wow- that looks ggoooooooooddddddd!
Generally I think blue is an out of place colour on musical instruments however it seems to more or less work with ukes with their connection to the ocean.

love those warm coloured bindings too

afreiki
11-26-2013, 09:45 AM
It is easy to get too cheesy or cute with colors, but the quilted maple just really pops with the blue dyes, and it does make me think of the ocean. I "named" the uke Sand and Sea. I have never named one before, but this seemed to be that tropical blue ocean feel.


Wow- that looks ggoooooooooddddddd!
Generally I think blue is an out of place colour on musical instruments however it seems to more or less work with ukes with their connection to the ocean.

love those warm coloured bindings too

SeaArtNancy
12-02-2013, 06:02 AM
Really beautiful!!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!!

bbycrts
12-03-2013, 07:10 PM
I've never been a big fan of quilted maple (LOVE flame maple, though) but my goodness - that is a true work of beauty! I'm going to have to play with the aniline dyes now...for fun.