Monday, October 09, 2006

The Ukulele From Heaven

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Ellen's New Ukulele
My new custom uke just arrived from North Carolina!!! My fantabulous brother, Ken Bloom, is a luthier....he makes guitars, dulcimers, fiddles, banjos, banduras, etc. He's extremely talented! Ken had been promising to build me a custom ukulele for a long time. I enrolled this past summer for ukulele lessons at McCabe's Guitar Shop and learned a few tricks. I think my actually playing and talking to Ken about the uke finally prompted him to actually start and finish the instrument.

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It's a beautiful work of art. Ken fashioned the peghead to look like a tiki; he inlaid my nickname in mother-of-pearl letters into the fretboard. The pegs are violin pegs which will need less repair and tightening. The best part is the wood that Ken made the uke out of. It's called curly koa. Thanks, Bro! I just love it!
I was so excited to get my gorgeous new ukulele, that at lunchtime I zoomed over to McCabe's Guitar Shop to pick up a uke case to protect my new treasure. My fave McCabe's employee was at the desk, Jeff Turmes. He played the uke and loved it, another McCabe's employee played the uke and loved it. Jeff and I found a darling little gig-bag with a Hawaiian design on the outside pocket. To quote singer/songwriter, Jeff "Big Dad" Turmes, "everyday's my lucky day."

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Jeff "Big Dad" Turmes

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Fuzzy Gig-Bag



At 1:32 PM PDT, Blogger DarcyArtsy said...

WOW, that is beautiful. Your Bro has some mad skills.

At 1:49 PM PDT, Blogger Sara said...

It's gorgeous! Love the tiki accent.

At 2:18 PM PDT, Blogger dizzy von damn! said...

holy moly! that's amazing. you are very lucky.

At 4:57 PM PDT, Blogger Faith said...

Love your uke! Darcy's right. Mad skills...

At 5:17 PM PDT, Blogger MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

Mannnnnnnnnnnnnnnn! The Uke's gorgeous - LOVE the tiki especially. I'm just jealous that you got a cool gig bag. Had to buy the WMG one for her (student) guitar, and all they had was this FUGLY beige-ish color. Blech. But yours is puuuuuurrrrrrty.

At 6:39 PM PDT, Blogger Abby Hansen said...

So may we anticipate an impromptu concert come knitting night?

At 8:51 AM PDT, Blogger Will Pillage For Yarn said...

That is the coolest, most hip, most fabulous uke EVAR!

At 4:10 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it.

At 10:49 AM PDT, Blogger LadyLinoleum said...

That is too fabulous for words Ellen!

At 12:44 PM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ran across your blog and Saw your tiki Uke while out on the net, very nice!. I am a big fan of Ukuleles, and Tiki's.

Thought I would invite you to
check out my website.
Neat Tiki and Ukulele stuff.

Tiki King


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