Why would a master luthier like Sam Kamaka, Jr. build a dozen ukuleles from old cigar boxes? Was it for serious experimentation, personal amusement, or a little of both?

Following “One Man’s Trash: A History of the Cigar Box Guitar,” William J Jehle searches for answers and shares his experience while expanding an intriguing chapter in the history of the cigar box guitar. A full-size drawing and complete step-by-step recreation of one of the original 12 cigar box ukuleles crafted by Sam Kamaka, Jr. illustrate what happens when master craftsmanship meets commodity materials.




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