Ukulele Building Resources

Books, Plans, Kits, Classes, Schools, Tools and resources for building ukuleles.

Char and Gordon of Mya-Moe Ukuleles on Wood Selection

Mya-Moe Ukuleles

18 Forbes Road
White Salmon, Washington 98672
USA
Phone: 541-490-8522

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Gordon & Char Mayer and Aaron Keim are the luthiers who build all Mya-Moe Ukuleles. They have combined expertise in design, engineering, music, and lutherie. They both have masters degrees in engineering. Gordon has been building guitars for 7 years. Char is a professional musician. Before building guitars, Gordon was a wood-turning artist, giving him extended knowledge of different woods & their properties.

Char’s artistic bent was expressed in hand-pieced Roman shades. Together, they hand-craft each instrument, a culmination of their combined educations & experiences in engineering, art & music.

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Ukulele Building Classes

Blue Stone Folk School

1095 Conner Street
Noblesville, Indiana 46060
USA
Phone: 317 363 5352

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Folk Schools have been operating in Scandinavia since the middle of the 19th century. Folk schools developed in during a period of economic and political changes in Europe. The aim of these schools was to give people an opportunity to develop new skills as their agricultural opportunities dwindled and moved to the cities.

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DaSilva Ukulele Co.

Luthier Mike DaSilva
2547 8th Street, Suite 28
Berkeley, CA 94710
USa
510 649-1548
510 291-2943 fax

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DaSilva Ukulele Co. in Berkeley, California is the workshop of Michael DaSilva where he makes high-quality , handcrafted ukuleles. You will also find the full-line of RISA Solid and Electric instruments and inexpensive beginner ukes. The shop is also host to house concerts, ukulele lessons and workshops, the occasional jam session and meetings of the Berkeley Ukulele Club. Check the Calendar for events.

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Hana Lima `Ia

718 Puuhale Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96819
USA
(413) 582-0034

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We are a school for the teaching of Ukulele making to those who have both the interest and desire to build handmade ‘ukuleles.

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Peter Howlett

Pete Howlett Ukulele
Unit 8 Capel Salem
Ffordd Bryncleyn
Talysarn
Gwynedd
LL54 6AB
Unither Kingdom
TEl: 07811 054584

The International Ukulele Building School
South Wales, United Kingdom
UK Phone: 07870 677754

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from the Peter Howlett web site

A prophetic photograph of me age 4 used to form the background, Bowman style, to my labels. Clutching my plastic Woolworth‘s ukulele, standing in the tartan kilt of my mother’s Scottish clan, in front of the wall my dad built, is a constant reminder that I really was born to do this job!

My whole philosophy is one of care in the selection of materials and attention to detail. I learned these qualities from my toolmaker father whose exacting eye taught me to take notice of the small things.

I remember when our neighbors painted their houses; it took a couple of days with a gallon can of Dulux. It always needed re-doing a couple of years later. Dad took a week applying 3 coats of Mangers lead based oil paint over 2 coats of red lead primer. He only did it once. It lasted years.

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TT Ukuleles

Shipman Business Park
16-185 Kalara St. Unit D
Keaau, Hawaii 96749
PH: 808 - 933 - 8537
Toll Free: 866 - 933 - UKES (8537)

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Vermont Instruments School of Lutherie

George Morris, Luthier
P.O. Box 115
Post Mills, VT 05058
USA
(802) 727 4311

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from the Vermont Instruments School of Lutherie web site

Vermont Instruments is a teaching lutherie begun in 1983 offering private and small group tutorials by appointment. Students design and build their own instruments from raw materials. Acoustic and structural design, jig-making, inlay and repair are woven into a personalized course of study to accommodate each person’s interest, skill level, and experience. Courses are designed to minimize the need for expensive equipment and specialized jiggery. It is expected that a student can continue their own creative work using small-scale power tools and common hand tools.

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Australian Luthiers Supplies

25 Ben Nevis Street
Mount Tamborine
QLD 4272
Australia
Tel: +61 4 09 635 288

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Grizzley

1203 Lycoming Mall Circle
Muncy, PA 17756
USA

Order Phone Number: 1-800-523-4777
Customer Service Phone Number: 1-570-546-9663

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Since our inception in 1983, Grizzly Industrial®, Inc. has grown into one of the largest machinery companies in the United States. Our products can be found in all sizes of shops from the large industrial production users to the smaller cabinet and machine shops.

We have the widest product selection under one brand in the world and we sell direct to the user, cutting out the dealer network, and resulting in lower prices to you. We ship 99% of all orders the same day and with over a million square feet of warehouse space packed with inventory in three strategic locations around the country, your order can get to you within a few days.

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Luthier Supplies

Rich Altieri 
74 Minaville St
Amsterdam, NY 12010
Tel: 518-842-5344

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Rockler Woodworking and Hardware

4365 Willow Drive
Medina
MN ;55340
Toll Free: 800-279-4441

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Founded in 1954, Rockler Woodworking and Hardware provides woodworkers and do-it-yourselfers with quality tools, hardware, wood and know-how. Rockler is known among professional and hobby woodworkers as the go-to source for innovative tools, jigs and shop accessories. Whether you’re building a simple bookshelf, a custom desk or a whole kitchen full of cabinets, Rockler has the tools, hardware and supplies to make your project a success.

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Stewart MacDonald’s Guitar Shop Supply

PO Box 900
Athens, OH 45701
USA
US & Canada 800-848-2273
International +1-740-592-3021

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from the Stewart MacDonald’s Guitar Shop Supply web site

Stewart-MacDonald has the hard-to-find tools, parts, and supplies needed by builders and repair shops. With our staff of experienced luthiers, we also design and manufacture tools specifically for the needs of professional instrument makers and repair shops. Our manufacturing shop here in Ohio also creates instrument kits of particularly high quality. With woods selected and machined for accurate fit, these kits give you the materials needed to create heirloom-quality instruments.

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Dons Plans

Don Morris
don@donsplans.com

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www.donsplans.com is a small family run business. We have regular jobs and lives not related to this business, and sometimes communication is slow. We do not maintain a physical shop or phone number. Contact is through email and social media only.

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Guild of American Lutherie

8222 S. Park Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98408-5226
USA
phone/fax: (253) 472-7853

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from the Guild of American Lutherie web site

The Guild of American Luthiers is a nonprofit educational membership organization whose purpose is to facilitate learning about lutherie: the art, craft, and science of stringed musical instrument construction and repair. Since 1972, we’ve been the foremost source of information for makers, repairers, and restorers of all kinds of string instruments. Guild membership and publications are open to all. Whether you’ve been making instruments for years, or have just acquired the lutherie bug; whether you live in Brooklyn or Bangladesh; whether lutherie is your livelihood or your passion or both; we invite you to join the Guild and learn more about the many ways you can benefit from and contribute to our information sharing system!

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Hana Lima `Ia

718 Puuhale Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96819
USA
(413) 582-0034

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We are a school for the teaching of Ukulele making to those who have both the interest and desire to build handmade ‘ukuleles.

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KP Ukuleles

Custom Ukuleles and Repair
Luthier: Ken Potts
Lahaina, Maui Hawaii
USA
Ken Potts - Luthier
808-344-0268

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Ken Potts has a DVD available “Building the Hawaiian Ukulele...

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Michael J. King

Cheltenham, England
emj@michaeljking.com

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Michael J King’s Modern MJK Soprano ukuleles instruments are inspired by the Martin 3/5K models of the 1930’s, though with less inlay on the fingerboard(just abalone side markers) and Maple bindings rather than plastics.

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Musicmaker’s Kits

14525 61st St. Ct. N
PO Box 2117
Stillwater, MN 55082
USA Toll free 800-432-KITS (5487)
Local (651) 439-9120
Fax (651) 439-9130

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Kits and building supplies. Rosettes, Laminated Woods, Misc. Hardware, tools, etc...

We have been making and selling quality finished musical instruments, kits, blueprints, and supplies at our Stillwater, MN location for over 30 years.

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Pegasus Guitars And Ukuleles

Bob Gleason / Pegasus Guitars & Ukuleles
P.O.Box 160
Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760
USA
Phone/Fax (808) 966-6323

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The Ukulele

by Denis Gilbert

Windward Publishing and Press (Hawaii)
665 Ulukahiki St,
Suite 101
Kailua, Hawaii 96734
USA

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from the The Ukulele web site

A Step by Step Guide On How To Make This Traditional Hawaiian Instrument. Over 170 photos, jigs and tools explained. For All Woodworkers. - Buy It!!!

 

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UKULELE Design & Construction

by D. Henry Wickham

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WaverlyStreet Ukuleles

WaverlyStreet Software
277 W. Brighton Road
Columbus, Ohio, 43202
USA
Fax: (201) 917-1482

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from the WaverlyStreet Ukuleles web site

WaverlyStreet Software has been producing practical, easy-to-use programs for home and office since 1996. We use the “Shareware” distribution concept, which means that you can download fully-operational packages and try them out for a period of time while deciding whether or not to purchase. If you like the program, you can register on-line via credit card (or through surface mail) and receive a registration code which makes the program YOURS, without having to download anything else or re-install the software!

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Cigar Box Papa

Bill Moore
NY
USA

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Inspiration came in the Spring of 2004 when Bill (aka Papa,) with twin boys in tow, attended the first ever Cigar Box Festival in Northern Kentucky. He was amazed at the look and sound of guitars that were fabricated from simple cigar boxes. As a woodworker he knew he had the familiarity and aptitude with wood, and the passion for music to craft something real. And so it began. The genesis of Papa’s Boxes started with a simple soprano ukulele. Papa’s Boxes attended the NYC Ukulele Festival as a vendor for the first time with one simple “build it yourself” uke kit. By 2006, one of Papa’s Boxes ukuleles had been inducted into the National Cigar Box Guitar Museum. Many of our first instruments didn’t have a clear classification such as banjo, mandolin, guitar, etc. But over the course of several years and through a ton of trial and error, our growing crew at Papa’s Boxes honed and reworked the designs and began to master specific instruments. This year has ushered in an even more interesting and diverse assortment of instruments from sopranos, concerts, tenors, and baritones in the Papa’s Boxes ukulele quiver.

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Grizzley

1203 Lycoming Mall Circle
Muncy, PA 17756
USA

Order Phone Number: 1-800-523-4777
Customer Service Phone Number: 1-570-546-9663

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from the Grizzley web site

Since our inception in 1983, Grizzly Industrial®, Inc. has grown into one of the largest machinery companies in the United States. Our products can be found in all sizes of shops from the large industrial production users to the smaller cabinet and machine shops.

We have the widest product selection under one brand in the world and we sell direct to the user, cutting out the dealer network, and resulting in lower prices to you. We ship 99% of all orders the same day and with over a million square feet of warehouse space packed with inventory in three strategic locations around the country, your order can get to you within a few days.

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Hana Lima `Ia

718 Puuhale Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96819
USA
(413) 582-0034

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We are a school for the teaching of Ukulele making to those who have both the interest and desire to build handmade ‘ukuleles.

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Peter Howlett

Pete Howlett Ukulele
Unit 8 Capel Salem
Ffordd Bryncleyn
Talysarn
Gwynedd
LL54 6AB
Unither Kingdom
TEl: 07811 054584

The International Ukulele Building School
South Wales, United Kingdom
UK Phone: 07870 677754

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from the Peter Howlett web site

A prophetic photograph of me age 4 used to form the background, Bowman style, to my labels. Clutching my plastic Woolworth‘s ukulele, standing in the tartan kilt of my mother’s Scottish clan, in front of the wall my dad built, is a constant reminder that I really was born to do this job!

My whole philosophy is one of care in the selection of materials and attention to detail. I learned these qualities from my toolmaker father whose exacting eye taught me to take notice of the small things.

I remember when our neighbors painted their houses; it took a couple of days with a gallon can of Dulux. It always needed re-doing a couple of years later. Dad took a week applying 3 coats of Mangers lead based oil paint over 2 coats of red lead primer. He only did it once. It lasted years.

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Mainland Ukes

90 Washington ST
Nashville, IN 47448-1708
USA
Phone: (812) 988-6760
Toll Free: 1-866-949-UKES
Fax: (812) 988-6798

Mainling Address:
PO Box 1708
Nashville, IN 47448-1708
USA.

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We are a home grown family business dedicated to providing quality performance ukuleles at a great price. Our small company started because we love the ukulele and always enjoy meeting others who feel the same way. If you choose to buy from us, you will be buying from people who play ukulele for fun on a daily basis We take time setting up each uke to make sure you will be satisfied with your purchase.

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Stewart MacDonald’s Guitar Shop Supply

PO Box 900
Athens, OH 45701
USA
US & Canada 800-848-2273
International +1-740-592-3021

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from the Stewart MacDonald’s Guitar Shop Supply web site

Stewart-MacDonald has the hard-to-find tools, parts, and supplies needed by builders and repair shops. With our staff of experienced luthiers, we also design and manufacture tools specifically for the needs of professional instrument makers and repair shops. Our manufacturing shop here in Ohio also creates instrument kits of particularly high quality. With woods selected and machined for accurate fit, these kits give you the materials needed to create heirloom-quality instruments.

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Ukulele Puapua

Morea Corporation
2490 Kalakaua Ave #19B
Honolulu Hawaii 96815
TEL: 808-924-2266
FAX: 808-924-3377

STORE: Pacific Beach Hotel 1F
2490 Kalakaua Ave #19B
Honolulu Hawaii 96815
Tel. (808)924-2266 Fax. (808)924-3377

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from the Ukulele Puapua web site

Aloha braddahs and sistahs! Come on down to our shop to see the wide variety of ukes that we get!...and maybe even one jam session!

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Wolfelele

P.O. Box 278
Ormstown, Quebec J0S 1K0
Canada
Phone: 450-264-5689
eMail: info@wolfelele.com

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The company’s founder and instrument designer, Wolfgang Kater, began building guitars at the age of 12, and soon branched out to lutes, viola da gambas and other small, historical keyboard instruments. At the inquisitive age of six he had apprenticed an elderly gentleman who taught him cabinet-making, machining, and the use and fabrication of tools. The Wolfelele ukeleles are the results of the combination of the precision required for each of these trades, his natural artistic abilities, and his engineering mind.

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Cigar Box Plans

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The home base for the CIGAR BOX GUITAR community.

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Online Fret Calculator

Onl-line fretboard calculators.

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Additional Building Resources and Links

  • Stagg Electric Uke Hack : Fitting a pickup to a cheap uke
  • Ukulele Rescue: Fixing a crack howto - Koa sound box and cedar neck Pete Howlett kit

    Repair a simple cracked open seam with hot hide glue using percussion technique. Will work for any wooden string instrument. And, yes, I misspoke and should have said "the two halves of the top" or more correctly "the two halves of the back" ...in any event: it made a sickening noise when it suddenly started to crack apart shortly after I rested it on a shelf. It was a new instrument and was probably constructed in a high-humidity shop somewhere in the tropics.

  • The building of my tenor ukulele... by Jerry Foster - Koa sound box and cedar neck Pete Howlett kit
  • My Summer 2005 Project: - An All-Koa Tenor Ukulele
  • Notes from an Amateur Luthier...: Building A Concert Ukulele (by Kathy Matsushita) - link

    This is a great site with lots of information on building instruments.

  • LUTHERIE: The art of stringed instrument building. Building a Concert Ukulele (by Al McWhorter) - link
  • Sam Nihipali & Daniel Yuen's detailed instructions on making your own ukulele - link

    Very nice site with lots of information and images on building ukes. Al chronicles his building of a concert uke.

  • My New Adventures in Musical Instrument Building - Ukulele Building
  • My Homemade Ukulele - Gary Anwyl's web page of building a soprano ukulele. - link
  • Key Strummers Ukulele Building no. 1 and no. 2 Photo Albums: - link
  • Ukulele Building Series - (Pegasus Guitars) link
  • Building a Ukulele - link
Thanks for visiting and checking out the site!

Content is always being added and updated. So check-in often. Thanks, Curt

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