Thursday, May 18, 2006

Black Bear Ukuleles

Duane Heilman makes some of the most beautiful and eclectic ukes around. My friend Jim owns one of his (completely playable!) Picasso Ukes. Until now, you mostly had to troll ebay to see pictures of his work. He's now launched a web site. IMHO, one of the most remarkable aspects of Duane's instruments is his tuning knob work. He re-uses a wide variety of materials--including old bowling balls--to hand craft knobs. Need a uke with a mastadon ivory bridge? Duane's your guy! Link

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