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Markbailey
04-12-2014, 12:41 PM
Wondering if there would be any interest in a little different type of ukulele stand. I built this one to go with the ukulele I got my daughter for her birthday. I've not seriously considered how much I'd have to charge for one, but if there is interest I could figure it out. It is built using sinker pine recovered from the Calcasieu river in southwest Louisiana. This would certainly not be a travel stand as it is not built to withstand hard knocks. I have built quite a few guitar stands somewhat similar to this, but this is the first uke stand.

Please reply here if you want to discuss.

EDIT: Fixed picture orientation.

Freeda
04-12-2014, 12:53 PM
I think it is beautiful and sculptural.

lakesideglenn
04-12-2014, 12:54 PM
Really lovely Mark. I'd be interested in one or two!

Macmuse
04-12-2014, 01:01 PM
That's lovely bentwood. I'm always looking for very stable, not super pricey stands. This takes up a fair amount of floor space though. :/

Some of the guitar stands and even some uke stands don't hold soprano or concerts safely. They seem to work better for keeping the lower bout of tenors and baritones off a surface. I really like the full support for the bottom of the uke on your style.

connor013
04-12-2014, 01:02 PM
It would take up half the living room (hooray for old NE houses!), but it may be worth it -- seriously, that's the coolest stand I've seen.

Patrick Madsen
04-12-2014, 01:09 PM
I'd be interested in one for sure.

kwall
04-12-2014, 01:50 PM
beautiful, how much does it cost ? i know thats your question,think of how much materials are, and how much your time is worth :). uku stands are usually around the 20ish mark (or at least what i have seen) and those arent made of georgous wood, or that stylish

Markbailey
04-12-2014, 01:57 PM
I'm trying to work out some of the details now. Shipping solutions as well as how much I could make one for are what I'm currently trying to get figured out. The material cost is easy to figure, the challenge is how much time it would take to build them. That one took quite a long time, but it was the first I've made so hopefully future examples wouldn't be quite so time intensive. As far as size, I could make one for any size uke without much trouble. The one pictured is for a tenor of course, but changing the curves for a smaller uke would not be an issue.

Also, this perhaps may not be the proper forum for this, if that is the case please move to where is appropriate.

Mark

itsme
04-12-2014, 03:00 PM
It's very elegant and classy looking. :)

But, as pointed out, it looks like it would take up some real estate on the floor and be relatively easy to accidentally knock over. And unless you sent it in pieces with "some assembly required" I don't know how easy it would be to ship.

Markbailey
04-12-2014, 04:55 PM
Yes you are exactly right. That's what I'm trying to figure out right now. It might not be feasible. I am retired and make custom wood items pretty much all the time and actually am not much concerned with making a huge profit, I just enjoy doing it. I made this stand for a particular purpose, and was just struck by how pretty I thought it was, however it may be impossible to make and ship them for a reasonable cost.

I took the pictures of it today and created this post without really seriously considering how I would ever manage to ship them. Also, in reference to the floor real estate, no it's not a low profile stand by any measure. There are ways I could modify it to make it take less space, but honestly I think that would detract from the appearance. There are a lot of really low profile inexpensive stands readily available, so I'd not want to go that way .

justinlcecil
04-12-2014, 08:37 PM
Run the numbers. That thing is gorgeous.

UkerDanno
04-13-2014, 04:46 AM
it would help if the pictures were right side up!

Kanaka916
04-13-2014, 05:25 AM
Looks very classical but again the footprint would not be ideal for most folks . . .

TheCraftedCow
04-13-2014, 05:26 AM
Is there a way you can make it as a "kit" ? Where I see the dark spots is that where it is screwed together and buttons are used to cover them? It appears they are contoured rather than just flat spots. As a custom builder, forget about mass marketing. The question is if you are enjoying it enough to only make three or four or a dozen or more? My personal lament is that my house has no place to put it. Would you be willing to offer your skills and services to someone who has an idea of what they want but lack time-skill-material to make it reality? This has been a satisfying and profitable niche for what I do.

Another word of wisdom taught to me by my first real estate broker. (1963-1967) Do not put your own personal level of poverty onto a potential buyer.She said it would be easier to sell a house I could afford, than to sell a more expensive one that I could not afford. It really was true---and still is, as people come to me and ask for something. case in point---a woman picked out leather for a recliner that was $21.00 a square FOOT! It came to $3875.00 for leather alone. Her comment upon hearing the price was " I thought it would be about $4000.00, do you want a check now?" My thought at the time was that if I believed in reincarnation, the next time I wanted to come back as a plumber, because as a teacher, I surely couldn't afford a chair like that.

Markbailey
04-13-2014, 05:39 AM
it would help if the pictures were right side up!

I agree, what's weird is that they were correct on my ipad, something about the upload changed the orientation. I will try to get that corrected this afternoon. I'm not exactly a forum super user so I'm betting I did something wrong. :)

Markbailey
04-13-2014, 05:49 AM
Is there a way you can make it as a "kit" ? Where I see the dark spots is that where it is screwed together and buttons are used to cover them? It appears they are contoured rather than just flat spots. As a custom builder, forget about mass marketing. The question is if you are enjoying it enough to only make three or four or a dozen or more? My personal lament is that my house has no place to put it. Would you be willing to offer your skills and services to someone who has an idea of what they want but lack time-skill-material to make it reality? This has been a satisfying and profitable niche for what I do.

Another word of wisdom taught to me by my first real estate broker. (1963-1967) Do not put your own personal level of poverty onto a potential buyer.She said it would be easier to sell a house I could afford, than to sell a more expensive one that I could not afford. It really was true---and still is, as people come to me and ask for something. case in point---a woman picked out leather for a recliner that was $21.00 a square FOOT! It came to $3875.00 for leather alone. Her comment upon hearing the price was " I thought it would be about $4000.00, do you want a check now?" My thought at the time was that if I believed in reincarnation, the next time I wanted to come back as a plumber, because as a teacher, I surely couldn't afford a chair like that.


Some good advice right there. I appreciate it.

The dark spots you see are walnut dowel plugs that cover the countersunk screw heads. I was really not thinking of mass production, the most of any one thing I like to make is 5 or 6, with the last always being the best because I slowly improve the build with each successive example. Once I've improved a design as far as I'm able, I'm pretty much done with it. As far as making a stand or whatever using a users design, that would be something I would love to do. As long as it's within my ability range I would welcome such a challenge. As I said earlier, I'm retired and the last thing I'd want is for my favorite pastime to become work.

mo9090x
04-13-2014, 09:11 AM
Yes I am interested. Please let me know the price if you decide to produce it. Thank you.

Kayak Jim
04-13-2014, 10:22 AM
It really is lovely and would be a nice piece of functional art in the right space.

As a woodworker I'm just curious- is it steam bent or bent lams? (my guess is lams since softwoods generally don't steam well to my knowledge)

Markbailey
04-13-2014, 10:47 AM
It's bent lams. I've never gotten into steam bending although it is something I'd like to try one day.

FrankB
04-13-2014, 11:28 AM
it would help if the pictures were right side up!

You need an iPad, Dan. :D

The stand looks nice, but I agree with the real estate comment. Outdoors, it would work great on windy days.

NoKaOi
04-13-2014, 12:37 PM
Have a ton of diverse types of guitar/uke stands, but if I saw this at a craft fair or in a shop somewhere ... I would definitely gravitate it's way & consider adding one or more to my musical accouterments!

Footprint is of some concern, but I'd me more inclined to worry about the wood-to-wood contact on some of the fragile finished items that may find their way into the stand. I would ponder some type of aesthetically pleasing protective material for the base & neck (not that cheesy foam..) for a little added piece of mind.

Very nice work and idea indeed! :cheers:

mm stan
04-13-2014, 12:48 PM
I'd be intrested in one for sure...let me know
maybe to keep costs down and for easier shipping you can make it into a kit form....

sukie
04-13-2014, 01:37 PM
Run the numbers. That thing is gorgeous.

It is gorgeous. I'd be interested.

ScooterD35
04-13-2014, 01:51 PM
I would definitely be interested in one sized to fit a vintage Martin soprano.

Beautiful work. Possibly the most elegant, yet rustic stand I've ever seen.


Scooter

Skinny Money McGee
04-14-2014, 02:58 PM
Very nice concept, but I would make those legs a little shorter, for fear of walking past it and accidentally kicking one of the legs and the uke goes sailing across the room

Markbailey
04-14-2014, 05:01 PM
Very nice concept, but I would make those legs a little shorter, for fear of walking past it and accidentally kicking one of the legs and the uke goes sailing across the room

Yes, I know what you mean. That stand was made for a particular purpose and a particular location, which likely wouldn't be perfect for most environments. Within the next couple of weeks I'm going to make another very similar but with a smaller footprint and hopefully a little more shipping friendly. We'll see how that works out. The shipping aspect has me stymied at the moment, so I need to make a couple more with potential shipping in mind.

Jersey Ukechik
04-14-2014, 05:25 PM
In a smaller footprint, I'd be interested! I just remodeled my living room and would love to use one of those to display my uke in the corner! But i would definitely love to see a smaller footprint! Beautiful piece of work!

ogg
04-15-2014, 03:17 AM
Look's wonderful...it's fancier than my ukes.

actadh
04-15-2014, 05:38 AM
This is the best looking stand I have seen. What a wonderful gift for your daughter. I would also be interested in one.

Ukulele Friend
04-15-2014, 06:52 AM
very elegant. i love the 'flow' of the stand. it actually compliments the shape of the uke as well in many regards. beautifully done. and thank you for sharing.

shawn

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