Hanging ukuleles doesn't have to be a nightmare. Hold this thought...
This weekend I paid a visit to London. On the way down I stopped off for a look around Stamford and discovered the Stamford Music shop. I'd recommend everyone pays a visit to Stamford... and the music shop. Here are a number of photos I took whilst no one was looking...
*** Update: Sorry, seem to have lost the album from Google+. You snooze, you lose...
You might have noticed this picture in the above album. It's of some hand-shaped wall hangers you can get for guitars. I've posted on something very much like this before, but I can't for the life of me find that original post to give you a link to it. I think my comments then were along the lines of "creepy". I still feel this way about these hangers.
If you are interested in this solution then I think you need to be checking out GuitarGrip.com. Guitar Grip are based in Detroit and have an extensive range of hand hangers to choose from.
This is a similar, more hard-core version of the dismembered hand guitar hanger by DeathGrips, available from Etsy.
You should know me well enough by now to realise that given a choice, I'll often go down the home-made route. Here is a rough sketch I drew last year to illustrate a basic wall-hanger design I had in my head. I won't win any prizes for this: It's a plank of wood with some hooks in it. ;-)
The hooks could be shop-bought, like the ones pictured below. These actual hooks are currently available on Amazon at a knock-down price. Go build one!
As if by magic, I just found some instructions on how to make a ukulele rack on the UKEconomics site. Miles has posted some great instructions on how to make something that looks roughly like the design I mocked out above. His version is a lot neater and uses plastic coated tool hangers for hooks. Fantastic job Miles!
Here's another idea I toyed with for a uke hanger about a year ago. Wouldn't it be great if I could somehow incorporate some unique artwork with the uke? I pinched this wonderful artwork from the Japanese UkuleleAfternoon site to knock together this concept picture. I think that you'll agree... This has potential! It would be an actual 3D ukulele picture!
This video by ukateer Manitoba Hal shows you how to make another kind of ukulele hanger out of an old pallet. Actually, it's probably more accurately described as a ukulele shelf. Hal makes it look easy, but I know from bitter experience that they make pallets out of the hardest wood in the world. In fact, it may not even be wood at all, but some form of crazy ukulele kryptonite. I'm afraid that the video quality is terrible and I can't find a good picture of the hanger to share with you. I have found Hal's blog though! It's called "Hal Fixes It". It seems that ukulele hangers aren't Hal's only DIY vice! It doesn't look like Hal's fixed anything since 2011! Ha ha. Come on Hal, pull your finger out!!!
By the way, Hal will be appearing at the Melbourne Ukulele Festival in a month's time. The festival runs over the 7-9th of March 2014 and features about a million performers. I see that Lord Uke is a sponsor. I wonder if he is any relation to me? I wish I could go, but sadly no. If you do make it down then be sure to check out Ukulele Russ who will be making his international festival debut. It's gonna be a rip-snorter!
Finally, here's a hanger of a slightly different variety that comes from a new ukulele blog called UK Ukee. It's called the Uke Sling and you can make it yourself... but not yet. Instructions are to follow soon. ;-)
Okay... one more...
I love this picture from the failed Woodhook Kickstarter project that hoped to get these wooden instrument hooks into production. The idea of instruments hung outside had never occurred to me before seeing this. Those crazy Kiwis! Have I ever told you how much I love New Zealand?
Check out the video for some laid-back banjo plucking. Do it! A little bit of searching has uncovered that it is played by David Ward. You can hear more of his work on MySpace. Some great stuff. Go check it out!