Note: this post is from 2007, outbound links may be broken.
Matchstick Uke by Jack Hall, “The Matchstick Man”
Jack Hall’s son Tony created a webpage with images of his father’s Matchstick Ukulele. In 1984 Jack built the Uke from 10,000 used wooden matchsticks painstakingly glued together with 2 lbs of hide glue.
The ukulele is in the book of Guinness World Records, 2003 Edition. Abbreviated text says, “Tony Hall (UK) owns 10 playable musical instruments made entirely from 106,000 used wooden matchsticks.” It has also been played on BBC television. The professional musician who performed with the ukulele said, ” The tone and sound is great and it is a pleasure to handle and play.”
More information about Jack and his work (including images) can be found here.