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Happy Customer :)

A happy Noel displays his new instrument

The weekend saw the collection of a Tenor Ukulele that we built for Noel. To say that he left a happy bunny would be an understatement and the grin on his face, having played a little on the instrument, was a joy to behold.

From our point of view, happy customers are what we are all about, and having one ask about a maintenance regime shows us that the work put into the instrument is not only appreciated, Continue reading Happy Customer :)

People, lots of them!

It is fortunate that the weather was fair for the Quexmas Event, staged in the Powell-Cotton Museum on Sunday 27th November. That is because the queues of people stretched well into the car park for a good couple of hours after the event opened. Of course, the weather had an effect on how many people ventured out, but we’ll ignore that for the moment.

There were over eighty craft stalls offering every type of craft you can imagine, but, I’m glad to report, we were Continue reading People, lots of them!

Quexmas is coming

Three of the Ukes that will be on display.

With the Quexmas Christmas Craft Fair is just 5 days away, preparations are going well, with a decent score of five Ukuleles up for display and demonstration. Three of these instruments are made entirely from timbers grown on the Quex Estate and we can point out the exact location that they grew from the entrance to the museum.  We will also have a range of other Continue reading Quexmas is coming

Tonewood from Quex

The first board, cut in half to transport

We’ve started to convert timber grown at Quex Park into usable lumber. :) To start off with, it’s ‘just’ a single board, but that board yeilds around three and a half cubic feet of fully provenanced Walnut. If you think back, Uke No1 was a walnut body, and that sounded beautiful so we are quite happy with this timber. To put it into context, the cut timber from this board will produce Continue reading Tonewood from Quex

Little or Large?

No 4, Playable, but unfinished

No 4, a tenor, has been strung and played, but is, as yet, unfinished. It has been fitted with a passive pick-up and sounds real good amplified too! It looks rather large here, doesn’t it. It’s an optical illusion though, as the chair it is sat on is rather smaller than you would expect. It’s a child’s chair made by Martin’s Upholstery shop, located in the village.

Most of the rest of the past week has been occupied with repairs, although a few moments have been spent on Continue reading Little or Large?

Bits and Pieces

No 4, a Tenor, having the fretboard attached

Following on from the Quex Timber post of last week, time has been occupied sorting out a few bits and pieces. Firstly, having decided to go ahead building wooden Ukuleles regularly (as opposed to the roundback models originally planned. Don’t worry, they haven’t been forgotten!), the need for proper moulds and jigs had to be addressed. There was also some timber knocking around the workshop that needed using up. This has made the construction of Ukes 3 and 4 a somewhat Continue reading Bits and Pieces

Quex Timber

 

Quex House

Quex Park is an oasis of old woodland on the Isle of Thanet where a tree planting program was instigated by John Powell-Powell in the early 1780’s. The beauty of the Park that we see today is thanks to his vision. Now, some 230 years later, these woodlands and specimen trees are still managed throughout the Estate and we have managed to acquire some of the resultant timber for the production of musical instruments.

Manuel Nunes et al. invented the Ukulele with the use of local timber, and here at Ukulian we intend to continue that tradition by building all of our future instruments with timber sourced from Quex Park itself. Uke No 3 is built primarily from Cherry grown and felled on the Estate.

No2, a concert, is from Mahogany with a spruce top.

Although the park is not managed for timber production, the extensive woodlands have produced some Continue reading Quex Timber