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…

Ukulele Explained

Tenor Uke (L), Standard size Guitar (C) and Soprano Uke (R)

The Ukulele, or Ukelele as it is sometimes spelled, and generally referred to as a Uke, is a stringed instrument whose invention is generally attributed to Portuguese immigrants to Hawaii around 1880.

Although there are modern variations, the Uke is generally strung with 4 nylon or gut strings and comes in four recognized sizes. They are: Soprano, the smallest, with a length around 13-14″ from the nut to the saddle. Concert, around 15-16″ for the same Continue reading Ukulele Explained

We’re Open

Craft Village

Having more or less moved into the new workshop in the Craft Village we could do little about the folk that keep coming in! We could hardly say ‘go away’ now, could we? And we certainly weren’t going to turn it away when they tried to fill our hands with fistfuls of cash! So I am officially declaring the workshop OPEN!

NO, it’s not fully stocked yet, and certainly not fully operationally equipped for the production of Ukuleles, but there are some interesting items for sale for both adults and children, as well as the child in the adult! So, if you are in the area, don’t be afraid to poke your head in and say hello.

I might even get around to posting some opening times in the not too distant future! :)

Ukulele tuning for beginners

A typical electronic tuner

A post in the forum at UKFolkies made me look at videos on youtube for instructions suitable for beginners. Yes, there are plenty there, using both electronic tuners and tuning by ear. Unfortunately though, the ones I trawled through always missed one or two relevant points. So here is my take on the subject… Continue reading Ukulele tuning for beginners

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