Cascade Series


" Thank you very much for making my lovely tenor bird's eye maple uke!  I received it this past January and I have been enjoying it tremendously as it continues to "open up."  My uke always sounds (and looks) gorgeous, even if I'm the one playing =).  I am very satisfied and happy with the labor of love you all have put into birthing this wonderful instrument.  From the bottom of my heart, many thanks! And keep up the excellent work!"

- Chris D.


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Scheduled Start Date: Nov 26, 2013
Completed: Jan 06, 2014

  • Bird's Eye Maple back & sides

  • Curly Port Orford Cedar top

  • Walnut body binding

  • Walnut rosette

  • Hand-rubbed oil finish

  • Radiused Maple fretboard with Walnut binding & Leaf Inlay markers

  • Port Orford Cedar neck

  • Peghed brand geared tuners

  • Custom Signature Headplate

  • K&K Twin Spot pickup

Hand-crafted in the USA by Gordon & Char Mayer and Aaron Keim. Each instrument is numbered & signed.


Wood Grade: Master
Wood Availability: This wood species is available. Specific wood sets vary.

Cascade Series Wood Cascade Series Wood


Gallery Photos (completed instrument)



Full Front

Build Schedule





Nov 24

bend sides, glue in neck block


Nov 25

glue in tail block


Nov 26

rout & glue-in end graft, kerf top edge, kerf bottom edge, brace back


Dec 2

brace top, glue back onto sides


Dec 3

glue top onto sides, prep fretboard & neck


Dec 4

clean up body, rout dovetail, drill tuner holes, glue fretboard onto neck, rout binding channels, glue in top binding


Dec 6

shape neck, dress fret ends, glue in back binding


Dec 8

prep for finish, glue neck/fretboard onto body


Dec 10

first coat of oil


Dec 11

second coat of oil


Dec 30

third coat of oil


Dec 31

fourth coat of oil


Jan 5

apply lemon oil, glue on bridge


Jan 6

make saddle, (put in pickup, if any), cut nut, final fretwork, put in tuners, put on strings

Original Wood Set