Build A StewMac Ukulele ... Enjoy Building Your Very Own Musical Instrument!Comments (0)
Build A StewMac Ukulele ...
Enjoy Building Your Very Own Musical Instrument!
Not An Experienced Luthier? Don’t Worry!
“There are still several small steps, but it allows you to build a quality instrument that you’ll be happy to have for years and pass it on for generations,” continued Lawrence. “Also, while constructing the ukulele, you can upgrade it if you like by adding decorative inlays, choosing accent woods and those types of things. The great thing is, when you’re done with it, you have the satisfaction of building it yourself.”
By using a StewMac kit, suddenly making a musical instrument can be a pleasant and rewarding project that you can enjoy by building at your own pace, one step at a time.
Having made his living in the past by handcrafting high-quality musical instruments for many years, Darin knows what he’s doing. He is quite accomplished with hand-cut inlays and engravings and all aspects of making custom musical instruments. Many of Darin’s handmade instruments are valuable and prized by collectors.
Darin’s father played professionally in the 1940s, before he was born, so Darin has been surrounded by music and instruments his whole life. Darin started playing most stringed instrument around the age of ten.
Progress On The Ukulele Build!
I was fortunate enough to be able to stop by and see Darin and Daisy at work. That day in the Lawrence shop, Daisy was gluing on the back. She had a simple form that held the sides and heel and tail block stationary during the process.
Darin cautioned to be careful not to use a heavy clamp on the light, delicate, thin wood because it tends to torque the piece which can result in a warped joint. Daisy put the glue on and stretched extra long rubber bands to hold the back in place until the glue dried. StewMac kits come with the rubber bands.
“Actually, rubber bands and old inner tubes make great clamps that you can use when you get into a situation where things are oddly shaped,” said Darin. “These rubber bands will give us enough pressure as you tighten it down to be able to make a quality glue joint.”
That particular day, Daisy also trimmed the edges and made nice progress on her ukulele. Her father also showed her how to cut mother-of-pearl. That skill will come in handy as Daisy has a design and plans to enhance her ukulele with inlays.
The project will require patience, as do all projects worth doing, and it will help Daisy hone her woodworking skills.
“I really like working on this ukulele,” commented Daisy. “When it’s finished, it’s going to be something that I’m going to have with me, and I’ll remember making it with my dad in the shop. Even if I go far away, I’ll have a little piece of home. We spent a lot of time on it, so I’m going to be really proud when it’s finished.”
Here’s a short video of Darin and his daughter working on the ukulele and enjoying time in the shop.
End Up With A Quality Musical Instrument ...
And A Feeling Of Satisfaction!
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