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11/17: Tonewood Database

Check out this site to learn about different tone woods: THE TONEWOOD DATABASE.

10/16: Wailoa Show - Building Demo

Roger Johnson sat in the Tom Mullen and Doug Powdrell’s ukulele building demo Saturday at our BIUG exhibit in the Wailoa Arts Center in Hilo. Roger provided photots and reported that Tom and Doug did a great job explaining the construction process. He added that there was a good turnout of interested folks who “asked lots of questions and a couple of possible folks joining the Guild.” A great day at the exhibit and you still have a couple weeks to see the show!

Pictures available in the Gallery SHOW album within Wailoa 2017.

10/6: Wailoa Show

Read Chris Stewart’s write-up here.  You’ll find both all the displayed ukuleles and snappies of opening night in the Gallery.

10/7: This former furniture shop now makes guitars

Meet the small town Tennessee woodworkers that have been crafting one-of-a-kind guitars for three generations.  

Watch the video here.

From CNN.COM: In 'The Wonder List: Handmade Edition,' take a step back from our mass-produced, digital existence to celebrate the artisans and preservationists dedicated to quality handmade goods and services. From a master bladesmith to a third generation guitar-carving family, meet extraordinary people still committed to old world artisanship."The Wonder List" returns on CNN Oct 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Sounds like something fellow BIUG’ers might be interested in.

6/17: Slotted Headstock Jig

Here's a clever jig for routing slotted headstocks and drilling the tuning machine holes. The online link is: Look for the Slot head Ukulele jig


Craftsman’s deft, skilled touch helped ukulele sing


Julian Hipolito was the last of what Fred Kamaka Jr. calls “The Dream Team” — four master craftsmen who for decades made the world-renowned Kamaka ukuleles. Those four — Julian, his brother Jose, their cousin Kenneth McFeeley and George Morita — were hearing-impaired but able to tune each piece of the ukulele to precise standards just by tapping on the wood and feeling the vibrations. (from

Holualoa Gallery Remodel & Blessing - 4-1-17

Sam greets guests

Gallery Video

BIUG member Sam Rosen had a great turnout Saturday as he celebrated the re-model and enlarging of his Holualoa Ukulele Gallery. Under wet skies guests gathered for a blessing, food, drink and the fine music of Hana Aloha and the Mauka High Notes. 

Guests enjoy Mauka High NotesHana Aloha 2Mauka High Notes 2Teri Hawkins (L), Hariet Corlett and Alan Hale visit Sam's shop


Aloha guild members. Compared to last year’s intense two-day workshop where participating members constructed their neck joint jigs, Tom Russell offered a low-key and relaxed tenon/mortising jig refresher workshop yesterday in his Kona shop. Nine members gathered to reacquaint themselves with the jigs, practice routing neck joints, learn new tips and share laughs and comradery. A great morning! Check out the photos too!— Chris

Random News

A guy in Michigan just built the world's largest ukulele.  The challenge has been given…any takers?


A bit about Rosewood
Tom Parse led us in a brief discussion at Saturday’s meeting regarding the status of all remaining Rosewood species within CITES (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species).  If you sell or plan to take an instrument that contains Rosewood cross border after January 2017, you may wish to listen to the linked podcast from law professor, author and Fretboard Journal Field Editor John Thomas.   

Latest & Greatest BIUG News

  • Segmented Rosette Presentation Presented at the December 2016 meeting by Tom Russell.  The Powerpoint Show file can be found here.
  • Ukuleles Strikes a Chord with Seniors An interesting little article from the SF Chronicle via Claudia Suen
  • The Return of the Jumping Fleas! Another little article from the SF Chronicle illustrated by our own Chris Stewart!

Interesting Videos

  • Voicing Video One of the better ones I’ve seen…

 Another interesting video, this one on bracing.  Are your chisels this sharp?

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