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I recently visited the Fremont neighborhood shop where luthier Matthew Tolley builds custom mandolins and guitars. I shot this closeup of an inlay hula dancer he had created on a ukulele. I have been seeing a lot of ukes being played around Seattle in the past year, and even saw the head of one poking out of the top of a guy's backpack on the bus the other day. With whole ukulele orchestras playing to sold out crowds in London, I think this extremely portable instrument has finally broken away from the geeky Tiny Tim image of yesteryear and become pretty hip. With the misty moisty rains and gray skies outdoors today, the little dancer got me thinking of tropical climbs and island music