Jan 2014

Big Island Ukulele Guild
Minutes of January meeting 1/25/14

Aloha BIUG members.

This was a special meeting of the BIUG to meet with Tim Bostock of the Kahilu Theater in Waimea.  As such, these minutes are quite brief.  And no one had a camera so no pictures :(

Tim has recently taken over production at the Kahilu Theater.  After a year of being closed, the community stepped up to revive the theater.  We all walked away impressed with Tim’s vision for the theater, the role it should play in the community, and how to connect with the island.  One key take-away was his view on melding his program with not just visiting artists but with top-tier local talent as well.

As to the venue and having a second BIUG Ukulele Exhibition, it’s fair to say that all in attendance had doubts walking in but were swayed by TIm’s vision as well as the relatively minimal impact this event would have on the club.  Key items discussed were:

  • Goal is for the Kahilu Theater to host a BIUG Ukulele Exhibit in conjunction with the Waimea Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar Institute.
  • Exhibition Date would be roughly the 3rd week of November.  Total length is about 4 days.
  • Kahilu Theater would provide marketing for the event
  • Kahilu Theater would also provide for the reception leveraging local Hawaiian chefs and cuisine
  • The Exhibit Hall could host upwards of 50+ ukuleles
  • While the majority of the people choosing to peruse the Exhibit would undoubtably be during the Waimea Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar Institute program events, there was a discussion on the school outreach program Tim & company have been developing.  It is likely we could tap into that for an ukulele building demonstration (or something).
  • Tim was very positive on selling instruments at he event.  There would be a small commission involved.

We will have a more in-depth discussion on this opportunity at the March meeting.


Woodley discussed his process on creating custom rosettes. A couple of take-aways:

  1. Making intricate rosettes requires highly precise rosette channels.  Woodley creates and installs a center rosette channel, then creates channels above and below for additional “layers”.  Precision is critical and he recemmends Bishop Cochran Precision Plunge Router Base. www.bishopcochran.com  Also available from Bishop Cochran is a Small Radius Attachment "for luthiers”.  THIS IS REQUIRED for those wanting wanting a radius less than 4.5” and down to 1.25”.  Woodley mentioned he modified his base for this purpose but now it’s available direct from the manufacturer.
  2. This topic needs a longer “workshop format” to fully appreciate the process.  We will look into such a topic at an upcoming meeting.

Tom Russell
BIUG Sect/Treas

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