The art ukulele by Amy Crehore that I mentioned on Friday caused a bit of a stir on the intertubes after it was picked up by Boing Boing, so I thought I’d take a look at some of the other b-uke-iful creations out there.
My personal favourite is this uke by Christoph Mueller. Hank Williams III calls Mueller’s art, “bad ass work,” and I can’t help but agree. Be sure to check out his Flickr and Saatchi Online.
Flea Market Music’s art gallery features a selection of ukes including one of Peter and Donna Thomas’ ukulele books.
Duane Hielman’s Picasso style uke is a thing of wonder. He also makes many high quality conventional ukuleles as Black Bear.
Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center display a gallery of painted instruments including this uke.
Fluke ukuleles seem to have inspired many artists and the Fluke Museum has a number of examples including this carved koa fluke.
Ron Phillips makes Deco inspired resonator instruments such as these drool-worthy ukuleles.
Ukuleles and smiles are so often seen together such as on this uke.
Update: Robert Armstrong has created a number of painted ukes and has some creative uses for soundholes – such as the yowl-a-lele.
I’m sure there are plenty I’ve missed. Let me know your favourite.
A huge thanks to the awesome Jenny Flame of Ukulele Nation for her help putting this post together.