Players


henderson Not only is this instrument sculpturally beautiful, but it's tone is incredibly pure and the sound just goes on forever. Jerry has managed to take a small instrument and turned it into something new. It's become my favourite go-to song composition instrument.

Judith plays a mahogany and spruce ML tenor built in 2012. It's features M.O.P. position markers with Judith's pen nib logo

I have been playing harmonicas for more than 30 years. I picked up an ukulele about 7 years ago and have been enjoying beating out tunes at some local jams and festivals. Like most ukesters whove been at it awhile, UAS got a hold of me too. The Boat Paddle ukes are among the best Ive acquired, 4 total so far!

I currenty play my dream uke, a 5-string M style walnut and spruce concert; it's my everyday favorite. I also play an 8 string narra and spruce soprano (shown in picture).
dawgs Thom and David form the duo "Flea Bitten Dawgs". Their songs include original and popular music of the 60's and 70's. They have two albums and can be seen playing at venues in Missouri, Indiana and other stops around the midwest

David plays a baritone M style with red spruce top and walnut back and sides, and Thom plays a Boat Paddle original #2 tenor with sitka spruce top and pecan back and sides. He just added an ebony and spruce Martin style BP to his collection

vox Victoria Vox has taken the artful sound of the ukulele into eclectic new directions. Her music ranges from upbeat and clever to honest and moving, while incorporating her signature “mouth trumpet” and occasionally singing in French.

Victoria plays an baritone M style with bees wing mahogany top and curly koa back and sides.

wolfe The guitar and I never got along. My short stubby fingers couldn't reach around the wide necks and got in the way of the strings on the narrow necks. The first time I picked up a uke, I knew I'd found my instrument. After a lot of thought, I chose Jerry to build a uke for me. He was patient enough while I badgered him about the woods, shape, build and finish that would give my soprano the warmest tone possible. The sound of the Kayak exceeded my expectations from the first day, long before it started to mellow with age. I DO believe Jerry thought I was nuts when I told him I was stringing it with Seaguar fishing line, I told him it led to catchy tunes. He wasn't amused.

I don't consider myself a uke player. I more bang on it like it's a little guitar, but I guess that fits my composing style. And come to think of it, I'm really not a songwriter either. I'm more of a songwronger.

Keven plays a mahogany and cedar soprano Kayak built in 2009. It's a basic model with pearl markers and head plate logo

Currently residing in Kalamazoo, Jon is an endorsing artist for a number of companies, a staff writer for Bass Musician Magazine, and a freelance musician in the West Michigan area, still playing for whoever asks first. Jon can be heard at Unity Church of Kalamazoo every Sunday, supporting regional folk act Patricia Pettinga on ukulele and string bass, or at any of the theatres in town depending on their season.

Jon plays a 5 string concert M style with mahogany top and curly maple back and sides. It has a pearl finger board inlay of his baby girl's foot print.
"Rich is not a ukulele player. He instead plays "Delta Blues inspired music" on guitar in and around the Kansas City Missouri area. BPUC does make an occasional guitar, and in this case, it's a parlor size (24" scale length) with spruce top, mahogany back and sides and koa binding. About his guitar, Rich says: "This is the most amazing acoustic I have ever played".

"I received my ukulele yesterday. I just want to thank you for building the most beautiful and best-sounding ukulele I have ever played. Everything I want is there--volume, sustain, clarity, brightness and rich tone! I can hear the treble overtones even with the low G string, and the 5 strings bring out the rich tones so beautifully. I can even feel the neck vibrating. The ukulele is perfect for me and I intend to play it very regularly for many, many years." -Anne Tan