Thursday, January 15, 2015

Presenting Tickler # 3: "Twitch" Concert Ukulele designed by Amy Crehore, built by Lou Reimuller

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Presenting the Tickler #3- A Concert Ukulele, “Twitch” by Amy Crehore (instrument designer, painter, illustrator) and Lou Reimuller (luthier, sculptor, musician and creator of Teenar): a uniquely designed and painted concert ukulele by artist Amy Crehore, lovingly hand-built to Amy's design with great attention to detail by luthier Lou Reimuller.

1.   Honduras mahogany sides with a beautiful, figured mahogany back
2.   Carbon fiber reinforced mahogany neck with ebony center stripe on back
3.   Maple top hand-painted with original painting by artist Amy Crehore
4.   Hand-carved ebony bridge (Amy’s unique scroll design, sculpted by Lou Reimuller), bone saddle, ebony bridge pins with pearl dots
5.   Bound catwood (a.k.a. ziracote wood) fingerboard
6.   Bindings and back stripe made of boltaron, wood veneer, and fiber
7.   Tiny hand-carved bow tie on headstock sculpted by Lou Reimuller, endgraft inlay, heel cap, top inlay- all are made of stabilized green dyed figured maple
8.   Amy’s uniquely designed headstock is enhanced by an original painting. Painted areas are varnished with polyurethane (hard, abrasion-resistant finish).
9.   “Peghed” brand geared tuners
10. French polished back, sides and neck
11. Interior braces made of Adirondack spruce
12. Ebony nut
13. Bound oval sound hole, Tickler Ukulele label inside
14. Amazingly beautiful harp-like tone
15. Most of the wood has been aged for over 30 years
16. Dimensions: total length 23 ½”, scale length 15”, side depth 2 1/2” -2 7/8” , upper bout across 6 ¼”, lower bout 8”, body length 11 1/8”, waist 5” (Large and deep body)

Twitch was the name of a cat who inspired this one-of-a-kind fine art ukulele. Here's the link to process photos of this ukulele being made. And, here's the link to the only other ukulele that I designed from scratch, a pineapple soprano (Tickler #2, 2009, sold). Huge thanks go to Lou Reimuller (luthier) for his incredible craftsmanship and dedicated, hard work on both of these rare and special instruments. Note: the concert size is larger than a soprano.

The Art of Amy Crehore
Thanks for posting about this ukulele, BOINGBOING- link boingboing 
And there is a new interview with me about this uke on Architects and Artisans 
and Huff Post  


Bob Stepno said...

Beautiful uke! I love the very round upper and lower bouts and the way the bridge becomes a garden seat for the ladies.

Amy Crehore said...

Thanks so much Bob! I love the round shape too! I tried to design every part of the uke into a cohesive whole.