Painted Ukes

Painted Ukes

Another week passes, and with it, another three or four painted Ukuleles have found their way into the public domain. Despite being stocked for the youngsters, it is becoming obvious that two thirds of the basic Ukes that we sell are, in fact, going to the adult population! :)

It is also noticeable that the same proportion are coloured black! Despite stocking Red, Yellow Continue reading Painted Ukes

Craft Fair

The weather just about held, except for a couple of short showers on the Sunday. There was a steady stream of folks passing by, many stopping for a nose or listen, and some even had a little tinkle on one or more of the various instruments that were available over the weekend. There are certainly a few more that now know we exist, and that can only be a good thing. :)

My Thanks to Danny for keeping us company over the weekend and to Patrick for coming and getting himself a sore throat singing all day on the Saturday. Danny got in some practice time on the Subway Shuffle exercise set by Patrick Costello for his guitar, although he did occasionally get sidetracked…

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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…

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