A week missed and a day late! Not very good, is it? I’d like to give a bunch of excuses about being busy and that sort of thing, but unfortunately they wouldn’t be true. I just haven’t been able to concentrate, but that has now been righted by a trip to the Oncologist to sort out the lump on my temple that has been growing for the last few weeks. So this week coming, apart from a blood test and a couple of scans, I should be able to get back on with things.
No improvement over last week as far as temperatures are concerned, even Tru-oil has been taking 48 hours to cure properly, some 40 hours longer than it would in the summer! Today though, it did improve considerably.
On top of that, the far end of the Craft village has been having some major (more…)
I’ve not been very good about keeping this site up to date of late, so for 2013 I have decided to post religiously, every week. And to keep the religious theme, I’m going to call it the ‘Sunday Sermon‘! The religion, of course, is the Ukulele!! The tail end of 2012 got a little busy, not [...]
One or two of the instruments we have available for the Festive Season can be heard in these clips. Unfortunately, it is me playing them, rather than someone who really can, but they give you a reasonable idea of the sounds they make. Recorded straight onto the camera with no gimmickry prior to being crunched by [...]
The first Saturday in November is the date for the Craft Village’s next Pure Craft Market. With a number of visiting Crafters, along with the ten resident Craftspeople, it is the ideal place to choose a unique gift for the forthcoming festive season. The goods on offer are all hand made by local experts, or [...]
We will be closed over the weekend 31st August to 3rd September in the workshop at Quex, but that is only because we will be attending the Smugglers Folk Festival somewhere between Deal and Dover. We will have a number of instruments on display, including that
The website has been quiet of late, mainly because the workshop has been busy! Andy’s and Ian’s Concert models have been delivered, along with the completion a couple of project instruments, a Bass Cuatrolele or Q-Bass (whichever you want to call it!) and an 8 string tenor which can be seen on the left in [...]
We’ve had a busy weekend at the Craft Village, preparing for and running our first Pure Craft Market. The idea was to promote not just the Craft Village, but also Pure Crafts rather than the ‘gift’ fairs that have spread across the County, and probably the Country! Everything on display (and for sale) has been [...]
Ken Middleton, ukulele player extraordinaire, and a well known figure in the world of Ukuleles, has produced his own range of Ukulele strings. He swears by them, and I have always respected the gentleman. But is he, in this case, a little biased? All the Ukes we produce are fitted with Aquila ‘Nylgut’ strings as standard. [...]
Aquila, the Italian string company, have released their ‘Red Series’ strings, a new type of ‘Nylgut’ mixed with a copper compound to increase the density of the string. This makes the lower notes, like the ‘Low G’ on a Tenor attainable without using a wound string. This, in turn, avoids the scratching sound as your