Musical marvels at Portland Int’l Airport

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Kerry Char, Wolf Model Electric Ukulele made of Birdseye Maple, Port Orford Cedar

Oregon’s Portland International Airport has a nice exhibit featuring the work of eight Oregon luthiers who make everything from guitars and ukuleles to mandolins and lutes – from scratch.

The one-of-a-kind instruments are on exhibit in Concourse A and use ‘ingredients’ that include 700-year-old reclaimed wood, stunning inlays and rosettes, tropical woods and scalloped fretboards.


Josh Humphrey’s Irish Bouzouki, with redwood soundboard, mahogany back and sides, East Indian rosewood fret-board & trim

In addition, the airport is displaying (just till mid-April) four decommissioned violins that have been ‘re-interpreted’ by local artists for the Painted Violin Project – a national fundraising program that raises money for youth orchestras.