Ukulele No 1 taking shape

Taking shape

Having decided that a few traditionally built Ukes will not go amiss for the rapidly approaching Craft Fair on 10th and 11th September, Ukulele No 1 is rapidly taking shape. Built with a solid Walnut body, including sides, back and front, and a Spanish Cedar neck and headstock which is veneered in a figured walnut, the beast, a Concert sized animal, is now taking the form that is recognizable. In the image, the neck is attached dry, as it will be removed while the body is finished.

Timber for Uke No2 has been sourced and this will be an all Mahogany affair with a spruce top, and may well be a Tenor. We’ll have to see…

Decisions, decisions.

One of the two big events to hit the Craft Village each year is rapidly approaching. On 10th & 11th of September is the second of the Craft Fairs held at Quex each year, the main entrace of which is through the Craft Village.

Now, the main objective of taking on the workshop in the village, is to make Ukuleles! And the ’roundback’ versions that we are planning will not be ready before that date. In fact, a realistic date Continue reading Decisions, decisions.

Spreading the word…

Over the weekend someone walked in carrying a guitar. Not really a surprise in itself, as many folk carry instruments around with them, and especially this week, as the Broadstairs Folk Festival Week is under way just a few short miles away. No, what was surprising was that the guitar had been dropped the night before and the owner had brought it in for repair.

Having been open just a fortnight, Continue reading Spreading the word…

Ukulele Explained

Tenor Uke (L), Standard size Guitar (C) and Soprano Uke (R)

The Ukulele, or Ukelele as it is sometimes spelled, and generally referred to as a Uke, is a stringed instrument whose invention is generally attributed to Portuguese immigrants to Hawaii around 1880.

Although there are modern variations, the Uke is generally strung with 4 nylon or gut strings and comes in four recognized sizes. They are: Soprano, the smallest, with a length around 13-14″ from the nut to the saddle. Concert, around 15-16″ for the same Continue reading Ukulele Explained