After seeing other walking stick/instruments online, I wanted to make my own. I relied heavily on the experience I gained while building my travel ukulele from a single piece of wood.
The wood on this ukulele is bird’s eye maple. The piece I started with was about 1″ X 5″ X 38″. Once I drew out the plans on the wood, I slotted the fret slots while the wood still had its factory edges. That keep the frets nice and square.
I cut out the rest of the body and then pounded the frets into the slots. The scale length is 19 inches and I tune it like a regular uke (high g, c, e, a). The under saddle piezo rod is soldered directly to the flush mount jack. The saddle is a length of plastic tubing placed on top of a piece of angled aluminum.
This is set up to be used in the right hand of the user. I tried to keep the back as free as possible snag points. I debated not having strap pegs, but put them on because the unwieldy shape can make it hard to hold while playing.
The wood was given a Tru-Oil finish. This is a really fun instrument, and I may pretend to be injured just as for excuse to use it in public. 🙂
See it in action!