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I mighta knowed

So, I was looking for ukulele plans (yeah, don’t ask) and I ran across this place. I might’ve known there’d be a whole subculture dedicated to buying, selling, building and playing cigar box instruments…with their own forums and festivals and marketplaces. And, no doubt, secret handshake and dental plan.

Also, music. If you like gritty nasty slide blues, there are some really good tracks on that album. There are also some less than wonderful tracks on that album, but hey — free album!


Comment from sandman will resist
Time: July 11, 2012, 1:23 am

My old mammy used to say: “You keep pickin on that…it aint’t never gonna heal…”

Comment from sandman will resist
Time: July 11, 2012, 1:24 am

Oh, FOISTest!!!eleventy1l1l1l1l!1!!@!!@!!!

Comment from Mysterion
Time: July 11, 2012, 1:36 am

If you want a cool YouTube video idea how about one where your cat chases bunnies and your chickens run around while you spray them with the Super Soaker set to the music of you picking out the song “Run Chicken Run” on the ukulele.

Comment from Mike C.
Time: July 11, 2012, 8:15 am

I actually own a rather nice-sounding “mountain dulcimer” – a spruce top is critical, IMHO, and forget those fancy wall-hangers made of cherry and such. Extra expense and crappier sound. Maple makes an excellent body, as does black walnut, but the top should be spruce.

Of course, I can’t play the thing worth a damn, but that’s not the instrument’s fault…

Comment from Oceania
Time: July 11, 2012, 12:07 pm

Stay out of the Rain in the UK:

Sandy and Scube must be dying in the fallout.

You can’t live long in the UK with this coming down Sweasel.

Comment from sandman says; this part varies at times.
Time: July 11, 2012, 1:11 pm

I’m fine, hale, healthy and just damn unrepentant of my right (hard right) ways. Oceanus just wishes we were passing away so he can check latrine rad levels in peace.

His wife/husband would just bleat and butt his/her/its leg until allowed to wander off and graze.

Must be hard raising a family with a grazing farm animule. But hell, it’s O’s living. it’n’t it?

Er, right, mate.

Comment from Deborah
Time: July 11, 2012, 1:22 pm

What a great link to cigar boxes, Stoaty! They’re kinda big for stocking stuffers, but I’m going to order a couple of dozen for gift boxes, place holders, sewing boxes, et cetera.

Did you find ukelele plans?

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: July 11, 2012, 2:39 pm

I was at our local music buy and sell shop looking for erhu strings, and I saw this banjo/harp/electric/wtf-amajig.

I thought about you, but didn’t have my camera.

Come to Uketoberfest!


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 11, 2012, 4:11 pm

Found lots of plans, Deborah. I’m not really sufficiently tooled up to use them, though. I think I want to frankenstein something together from parts. I saw a great banjo uke recently that was the unholy alliance of a banjo pot with a fiddle neck, with a fretboard added on top.

Comment from Oceania
Time: July 11, 2012, 8:39 pm

Sandy, you are going to snuff it from Radiative fallout in your local neighbourhood. Last year friends in Vermont detected plutonium in their own street.
Time to go quietly …

Comment from Deborah
Time: July 11, 2012, 9:47 pm

What a great idea Stoaty! The BanjenWeasel, or the BadgerJo, or—or …

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