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finkdaddy
08-05-2014, 12:08 AM
I don't know if it's cool to post finished stuff in this forum or not, but I really wanted to show this one to express my sincere thank you to all of the wonderful builders here that have taught me so much over the past couple of years. I literally could have not done this without you all! I started off knowing nothing and, once I found this specific forum, I gained the courage to give it a shot. Then, after building my first wooden tank that could possibly survive a nuclear strike, I gleaned as much info as I could from you guys and gals and now can make a fairly decent instrument. So again, THANK YOU!!!

Here is a uke I just finished for a good friend who lives on the east coast. She only said she wanted something with a nautical theme and she'd like to have an albatros on it somewhere. So this is what we came up with.
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The body is koa, fretboard is ebony, neck is mahogany, and the binding is bloodwood. The inlays are all mixed pieces of scrap and shell that I've been collecting for a while, as I'm sure we all do.
Thank you for everything!

~Fred

Sven
08-05-2014, 12:28 AM
That looks mighty fine! The inlays are really good, but I love the body shape even more.

Timbuck
08-05-2014, 12:37 AM
Beautiful job..You did right to show it here... luv the anchor rope :cool:

greenscoe
08-05-2014, 02:11 AM
Looks very nice, you clearly have much more patience than me to have done all that inlay work. I particularly like your albatros. I had a look at your link and liked what I saw there too. Am I right in thinking that you have now made about 15 ukes in total?

finkdaddy
08-05-2014, 02:46 AM
Thank you, everyone!

Greenscoe, this one was #22. I haven't updated my blog in ages. :o

BlueLatitude
08-05-2014, 03:05 AM
Wow, it looks great; I really like that albatross.

ericchico
08-05-2014, 04:19 AM
I think you nailed that theme, looks great!

VegasGeorge
08-05-2014, 06:37 AM
I love the line and anchor idea on the fretboard. It is really a beautiful instrument. You are to be congratulated, and you have one lucky friend.

mketom
08-05-2014, 04:18 PM
Very nice! Beautiful inlays, classic shape!

ksquine
08-05-2014, 04:34 PM
Very pretty uke and inlay!!

igorthebarbarian
08-05-2014, 05:21 PM
that is niiiiice. well done

finkdaddy
08-06-2014, 06:23 AM
Thank you, everyone!:D Even if it looked ordinary, I would still be saying this has been my favorite so far because it sounds and plays like a dream. I don't want to ship this one out!

RichM
08-06-2014, 06:33 AM
I really love the wood inlay. I wish more builders would use wood inlay as it is very understated and beautiful, and doesn't have the "bling" factor that shell inlay can have.

dofthesea
08-06-2014, 04:37 PM
Nice inlay.

PhilUSAFRet
08-07-2014, 12:32 AM
Awesome! One would think you have been building these babies for decades. Congrats.