Vorc

Model: Tenor Back and Sides: “Volcano” Madagascan rosewood, wenge center back panel Top: Swiss bearclaw spruce Binding: Madagascan rosewood Rosette: Paua abalone Neck: Honduran mahogany Tuning machines: Gotoh UPTL Fretboard: Gabon ebony Bridge: rosewood, bone saddle Finish: Nitrocellulose lacquer Called the Volcano orc during construction, in conversation with the owner one day we called it “Vorc” and it stuck.…

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Black Orculele no. 1

Model: Tenor Back and Sides: African blackwood Top: Swiss bearclaw spruce Binding:African blackwood Rosette:African blackwood multi-piece Neck: Port Orford cedar Tuning machines: Gotoh UPTL Fretboard: Gabon ebony, flat, side dots Bridge: Madagascar rosewood, bone saddle Finish: Varnish Get the story about orculeles. Price: $5250

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Reynard

Model: Tenor Back and Sides: Honduran mahogany Top: Swiss spruce Binding: Madagascan rosewood Rosette: Paua abalone Neck: Spanish cedar Tuning machines: Gotoh UPTL Fretboard: Macassar ebony Bridge: rosewood, bone saddle Finish: varnish top, epoxy finishing resin back and sides “Renard” is french for fox; Reynard is the title character in a children’s book about a fox with an extremely…

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Lakshmi

Model: Tenor Back and Sides: East Indian rosewood Top: Swiss  bearclaw spruce Binding: East Indian rosewood Rosette: spalted Scottish beech Backstripe, end graft, headplate: ziricote with sapwood Neck: Spanish cedar Tuning machines: Gotoh UPTL Fretboard: Gabon ebony, 12″ radius Bridge: rosewood, bone saddle Finish: hand brushed varnish top, satin epoxy finishing resin back and sides Lakshmi is a Hindu goddess which…

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Flamenco in Paradise

Model: classical guitar (Hauser pattern) Back and Sides: Oregon myrtle Top: Swiss bearclaw spruce Binding: Koa Rosette and end graft: spalted Scottish beech Center back panel, headplate/backstrap: ziricote Neck: Honduran mahogany Tuning machines: Fretboard: Gabon ebony Bridge: rosewood, bone saddle Finish: The title is somewhat misleading; this is an Elliott/Hauser model, but my friends were building flamenco designs and we…

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Bimal

Model: Grand Tenor (large body/19″ scale tenor) Back and Sides: East Indian rosewood Top: Sinker redwood, open harmonic bar bracing Binding: Santos rosewood Rosette: paua abalone Backstripe, end graft: African blackwood Headplate: ziricote with sapwood Neck: Honduran mahogany, slothead Tuning machines: Waverly with snakewood buttons Fretboard: Gabon ebony, 9.5″ radius Bridge: rosewood, bone saddle Finish: nitrocellulose lacquer, speed neck This was…

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The Phoenix

Model: Grand Tenor Back and Sides: New Guinea striped ebony Top: originally sinker redwood (destroyed), now Swiss bearclaw moon spruce Binding: Santos rosewood Rosette: paua abalone Neck: Honduran mahogany, slothead Tuning machines: Waverly Fretboard: Gabon ebony Bridge: rosewood, bone saddle Finish: This instrument was originally called–and built for–Kimo (Hussey), but the top was destroyed and the side cracked in a…

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Little Mac

Model: Tenor Back and Sides: Macassar ebony (two different trees) Top: Sinker redwood Binding: Santos rosewood Rosette: paua abalone Neck: Honduran mahogany Tuning machines: Gotoh UPTL Fretboard: Gabon ebony Bridge: rosewood, bone saddle Finish: nitrocellulose lacquer After working on Grand Tenors for months, these pieces of Macassar ebony seemed so small that I couldn’t help thinking of this uke…

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Prim

Model: Tenor Back and Sides: Tiger myrtle (Richard Parker tree) Top: Swiss  bearclaw spruce Binding: Santos rosewood Rosette: paua abalone End graft, headplate: Desert ironwood Neck: Port Orford cedar Tuning machines: Gotoh UPTL Fretboard: Macassar ebony Bridge: rosewood, bone saddle Finish: nitrocellulose lacquer Price: sold Conceived as a little sibling of Katniss (a GT), whose little sister in…

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Katniss

Model: Grand Tenor (large body, 19″ scale tenor) Back and Sides: Tiger myrtle (Richard Parker tree) Top: Swiss bearclaw spruce Binding: Santos rosewood Rosette: paua abalone, very electric purple/blue/green End graft, headplate: Desert ironwood Neck: Port Orford cedar, slothead Tuning machines: Waverly, with snakewood buttons Fretboard: Gabon ebony Bridge: rosewood, bone saddle Finish: nitrocellulose lacquer Price: Sold, resides…

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Jupiter

Model: Lyric Baritone Back and Sides: Oregon myrtle (Jupiter tree) Top: Swiss  spruce Binding: Santos rosewood Rosette: paua abalone Backstripe, end graft: quilted maple Neck: Honduran mahogany Tuning machines: Gotoh UPTL Fretboard: Gabon ebony Bridge: rosewood, bone saddle Finish: nitrocellulose lacquer Price: reserved for Reno Ukulele Festival auction. The patterns in this myrtle have always made me think…

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Rio Lyric

Model: Lyric baritone Back and Sides: CSA rosewood Top: Sinker redwood Binding: Santos rosewood Rosette: paua abalone End graft, headplate: Madagascar rw Neck: Honduran mahogany Tuning machines: Gotoh UPTL Fretboard: Gabon ebony Bridge: rosewood, bone saddle Finish: varnish Rio’s name is a reference to the rivers and wet lowlands of Brazil where this wood grows. Price: Sold  

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Carmen

Model: Tenor Back and Sides: 5A Koa Top: Swiss bearclaw spruce Binding: Madagascan rosewood Rosette: paua abalone Backstripe, end graft, headplate: Madagascan rosewood Neck: Port Orford cedar, slothead Tuning machines: Robson Fretboard: Macassar ebony Bridge: rosewood, bone saddle Finish: varnish Price: Sold  

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Luna

Model: Tenor Back and Sides: Tiger myrtle (Richard Parker tree) Top: Swiss  bearclaw spruce (moon spruce) Binding: Santos rosewood Rosette: paua abalone Backstripe, end graft: Santos rosewood Neck: Port Orford cedar Tuning machines: Gotoh UPTL Fretboard: Macassar ebony Bridge: rosewood, bone saddle Finish: varnish Price: $3650  

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Orodruin

Model: Tenor Back and Sides: Madagascan rosewood (“Volcano” plank) Top: Sinker redwood Binding: Madagascan rosewood Rosette: paua abalone Neck: Honduran mahogany Tuning machines: Gotoh UPTL Fretboard: Macassar ebony Bridge: rosewood, bone saddle Finish: Price: TBD, depends on final options. Tolkien’s fateful volcano in Mordor came to mind as I looked at this palisander (rosewood) and smoky sinker redwood top.

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Richard Parker

Model: Tenor Back and Sides: Tiger myrtle Top: Swiss bearclaw spruce Binding: East Indian rosewood Rosette: paua abalone End graft, headplate: ziricote Neck: Port Orford cedar Tuning machines: Gotoh UPTL Fretboard: Gabon ebony Bridge: rosewood, bone saddle Finish: lacquer, epoxy finishing resin Richard Parker has a blog entry that explains things, and another just for the label. Price: Sold

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