The week ahead is a little shorter than usual, having been closed on Saturday thanks to the Power Network people doing maintenance on the electricity network and unplugging the whole yard in the process. That will be followed on Monday and Wednesday by late starts as I make my way over to the Kent & Canterbury Hospital for my next dose of Anti-body treatment from last years chemo. We will be open both afternoons though.
Good news! Last week I got the all clear from the hospital after a dire summer of chemotherapy. It will take a little while to get back into the full swing, but I am feeling so much better than I did a few short weeks ago.
So, in celebration, we have moved into a new workshop. The units in the Craft Village at Quex Park are great, but somewhat restrictive in both size and facilities. The new workshop, which is still on the Quex Estate, albeit just outside the Park proper, is around 4 times the size of the old unit and has Continue reading New Workshop→
When I last posted, some while ago now, I was joking about the number of different hospital appointments I was having to attend. The outcome of those appointments is the main reason for a lack of communication in the meanwhile. Where I had been putting back-ache down to bending over the bench too much, it turned out that a rather large tumour had grown between my kidneys and was getting larger. Combined with a growth over my left eye that was steadily closing the said optic, it hardly surprising that I was beginning to get a few things wrong!
As I write, I’m two-thirds of the way through the prescribed course of Chemotherapy and looking forward to things for the first time in a while. I’m probably looking at the end of August or beginning of September before I Continue reading Summer Update→
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 youtube!
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 this image. Despite both being 1st build pattern models as far as we are concerned, the results have been particularly pleasing, both in Continue reading Three Tenors→
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 Continue reading Aquila Red Strings→
Again, it’s a while since I posted any progress reports, so to whet your appetite for next weekends Craft Fair, I thought I’d show a couple of instruments that are underway.
The Cuatro, which is No 3, along with the tenor Uke that might just remind you it is Olympic year, should both be strung up and finished by the weekend, while the Concert body and banjo bits are work in progress, both for customers.
The banjo is, in fact a prototype and will be shortly followed by an open-back banjo Uke.
The Craft Fair, which will be held over the weekend of 16th and 17th June attracts a good number of stands and, for the weekend only, it will cost you £1 to enter the village, through which you get to all the stalls. The money though, goes to a good cause, that of the Kent Air Ambulance, which runs purely on donations, so come along and support the event.
Don’t forget though, that the Village itself is open all year round and is free to visit, it’s just this weekend that a charge is levied.
Lessons? It’s one of the things that we get asked most about. Well, it’s the one thing we can’t easily provide where we are. However, we’ve been saying we would start something up in the New Year, and we are now nearly a month into that timescale, so it’s time to get something going.