The First Steps
Excellent hand-built instruments take time and care to create. From start to finish, Emerald Bay luthiers spend about a month shaping the wood, building the braces, setting up the neck, and stringing a ukulele. Craftsmanship and attention to detail in every step ensures that the finished product is exceptional in sound, feel, and look!
Later in the process, the braces must be set up to support the instrument. This is crucial so that the body doesn’t bend and crack under the pressure of the strings. On the right, you can see how the braces on the back of an Ukulele are formed.
Once the individual pieces of the body are completed, the body must be assembled. Stay tuned to learn more about the process in our next post!
The first part of to a world-class ukulele is creating the body. Several steps must be meticulously completed to build this part of the instrument, including shaping the top and back, sides, and any inlays or purflings.
In the image on the left, Dave Taylor is helping a student learn how shape the body of the ukulele. This bending machine uses a process that includes heat and water to mold the wood. It is an essential step in getting the perfect size and shape of the instrument.