Here I am with my beautiful new baritone ukulele, custom made for me by Allen McFarlen of Barron River Guitars in Cairns.
Many months ago I sent out a message requesting to adopt a baritone ukulele (maybe someone had one sitting unloved and dusty in a corner somewhere). Allen responded to my request with an offer to custom make me one. As you can imagine, I was floored by his offer and his extraordinary generosity !
Allen said he would be driving down to visit his mate Michael Connors (another local luthier) in Corndale at Easter and so one windy icy afternoon we drove out to meet up with these two talented men and I finally got to hold my beautiful new instrument in my arms....
I've christened her B.B Queen ( or B.B.Q for short ) after the blues legend ..with a dash of Australiana... She sure sounds like a musical Queen and she is so beautiful to look at. Allens intruments are exquisite. I only hope I can do him some justice by letting her bring some beautiful songs to me...we will see.
Back and sides are Tasmanian Blackwood, top is Engelman Spruce (from the Canadian Rockies). Fret Board, Bridge and Headstock overlays are Indian Ebony. Rosette is Koa. The neck is Spanish Cedar from a tree that came down in Cyclone Yasi in the cairns botanical gardens.
Here's Allens blog with a step by step story and photos on the making of this instrument.