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Pure Craft Market

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 hand crafted by local crafters, not just those resident in the village, but invited others also. It turned out to be quite a successful day! :)

Living Water Strings

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. They are popular, sound good and are made in Europe rather than the Far East. Ken’s strings, however, proclaim to be ‘Made in Heaven’, although I understand that that is somewhere in England!

So, the only fair thing to do was to give them a try. Using a Tenor cutaway Uke finished recently, which has quite Continue reading Living Water Strings

On the Bench

Instruments lined up for finishing for the Craft Fair

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.

Olympian Tenor

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. :)

It’s Time….

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.

We are trying to sort out a venue for an all new Ukulele Club in the Continue reading It’s Time….

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!