Tony Halls Match Stick Ukulele
I am not a uke player, but wondered if the unique ukulele my late father created
fits with Your Real Life Uke Stories?”
Jack Hall created this Soprano Ukulele in 1984 at the age of 79 years. It is
entirely made with throw away wood matchsticks...10,000 matchsticks were
individually joined together with hide glue.
Matchsticks for the curved portions were pre-soaked in water and bent, and the
glued-together sections were weighted into shape with the aid of flat-irons, fire
bricks and pans of water.
The carving was fashioned with a knife, a file and a straight-edge razor; finishing
touches accomplished with graded sandpaper, before the clear varnish seal was
The main distinguishing features are the burnt matchstick ornamentation. The
blackened, burnt match-heads were ingeniously interlocked to form herring bone
and diamond designs on the front and back of the body, with soldier columns on
the body sides and peg head front.
The original white wood has aged nicely to a rich gold colour.
Construction was completed in four hundred hours...working five hours per day.
Jack completed the project with a case entirely made with 200 Cardboard
The ukulele is part of a collection in the book of Guinness World Records, 2003
Edition. Abbreviated text says, "Tony Hall (UK) owns 10 playable musical
instruments made entirely from 106,000 used wooden matchsticks."