Gorgeous koa, creative inlay, and Moore Bettah tone make these the best! They’re completely handmade and completely one of a kind. This is some of Hawaii’s finest art, but Chuck builds for musical qualities as much as aesthetic. Both are vibrant in tone, have perfect intonation, and play like a breeze. If I had the money, I would keep one. These are special ukes, the most beautiful instruments I’ve held.
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The difference in Chuck Moore and most builders? Chuck is an artist. No ukes display it better than this pair. From the curvaceous design to the unique themes, Chuck gives thoughtful and attractive art that sounds amazing. Years ago, while living on Molokai, Chuck made a living just doing scrimshaw art work. Some examples below show his mastery of this art.
So how does Chuck go about creating an inlay like this lady drinking from the coconut? It starts with an image he takes out of real life and makes a sketch like the one on the left.
He then looks at materials. “One of the ‘tricks’ to doing good inlay work is letting the materials work for you. I’ll spend as much time choosing the right piece as I do cutting it.” Chuck says. He gives an example ,”In the pareau there are about a dozen different pieces, they are cut out like a jigsaw puzzle and assembled. You need to look for areas on the sheet of stone that gives you the color and effect you want. That way the highlights of the folds in the material look real. After it was assembled I went back and inlaid the flowers with white acrylic.”
With the Mastodon ivory body Chuck says,”The etching alone took me the better part of two days to accomplish.” An extreme amount of creative thought and time went in to these instruments. They are heirloom pieces that would surely be the centerpiece of anyone’s collection.
Sarah Maisel and Craig Chee stopped by the workshop yesterday and played a tune for us on these tenors.
So many details to appreciate. Enjoy two of the best and share your thoughts below.