March 25, 2007
While we’re still working on the pilot episode for our new TV talk show, we thought we would share this video of our friend Ed and his electric ukulele.
February 28, 2007
After watching the pilot for a new internet TV show – “Kitchen Appliances of Yesteryear” – Jimy and I have decided to develop our own internet TV show. Our show will be a kinda talk show where we interview important people from around the world. Look for our pilot episode to be posted in 3 to 4 weeks. Who knows, maybe one of the networks will pick it up!
Here’s the pilot episode of “Kitchen Appliances of Yesteryear”.
February 14, 2007
Dedicated to Janice.
Like a bird soaring;
Fields of bright color flash by.
You are this and more.
February 7, 2007
Oh my God!!!! We’re finally finished making our ukulele.
What a long strange trip it’s been… we started this way back in July 2006, and because of general laziness and being busy with other things it’s taken us eight months to do something that could have been done in a week or two.
As you know from our last ukulele post, we finished and strung our uke, but then realized that the nut grooves needed to be filed so that the strings would be 1/64 of an inch from the first fret. We ordered a nut file and spacers from Stewart-McDonald to get this done.
We filed down the grooves in the nut this weekend, and restrung the uke with new strings. This time we used concert strings rather then soprano strings because the soprano strings weren’t long enough. Then, we let the strings stretch for a few days, tuning them a couple of times a day.
Then, we were finished! We posed for a picture with Jimy’s evil twin brother Timy who just recently resurfaced (more about him in future posts).
Finally, to end this thread, Jimy has recorded a song with our new ukulele; “I’m a Believer” by the Monkees. He wants to dedicate this song to Grandma, who’s always believed in us, and Janice, who never lost faith that we would finish this project. Because of all the extra money we had to invest beyond the kit, I think this summer we’re going to make a dulcimer! Stay tuned!
Listen to: I’m a Believer
February 2, 2007
Wow, Jimy and I haven’t posted anything here since November!
Just to get things going again, here’s a video we made of last week’s March on Washington protest. It was fun watching some of the people there perform. This weekend we’re going to file down the nut and bridge of our ukulele, and record a song to post if we have time.
November 4, 2006
Well, we decided on using Tru-Oil for the finish of our ukulele. First we put a small amount on part of Grandma’s paint job to make sure it wouldn’t mess up that, then we put a thin cloat on with our paws.
Following the instructions, we hung the ukulele from a peg in the workbench and let it dry overnight.
After the ukulele was dry, we lightly sanded the finish with #000 steel wool and wiped it off with a soft cloth. We repeated this six times, although three or four iterations probably would have been good enough.
Next we attached the pegs, making sure we didn’t tighten them to much.
Finally, it was time to string the ukulele and give it a test play! We didn’t like the cheap strings that came with the kit, so we invested another $2.67 and bought some Martin strings. We printed instructions we found on the internet, and attached string 1.
We measured the string heights from the 1st and 12th frets, and discovered we had a problem; the string was too high over both frets. Oh well…we weren’t able to string and play the uke after all. Now we have to file down the nut grooves and maybe sand the bridge riser for each string. We don’t have a fret file, so we are going to gently try folded sand paper first.
To be continued…
October 29, 2006
We are so excited that Halloween is only a few days away. I think I’m going to dress as Batman this year and Jimy is going to be Robin. We can’t wait to eat all the candy we’re going to get!
Here’s some spooky videos our friend took from the haunted Moundsville State Penitentiary in West Virginia to get you in the spirit (pun intended).