At the risk of repeating myself, I gave another shot at
sketching this busker (my first attempt was about a month ago). He
remembered that I had sketched him previously, and he started telling me about
his new marketing materials (the classier TIP jar and a brochure about being
available for gigs), his hat (acquired in a trade for music) and his handmade ukulele.
With inlaid mother-of-pearl, abalone and ebony, the beautiful instrument is starting
to show wear, he said. But, as he told the artisan who made it, he’s no
collector who’s going to keep it in a glass case. This ukulele’s made for