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Mahogany

Quex Instruments are made from locally sourced timbers, a good amount of which are grown in the grounds of Quex Park itself. The Quex MahoganyMahogany tree is not one that grows in the UK, but ‘sourced’ is a word, and concept, that has a wide meaning. So when some baulks of solid mahogany were stripped out from one of the galleries that is being re-furbished in the Powell-Cotton Museum and became available, it would have been Continue reading Mahogany

A Funny Year

2013 has been a bit of a funny year for me. And I don’t mean funny haha, more of a year of vicious twists that, 12 months ago, were totally unimaginable.

New Bass-Baritone (Fretted)
New Bass-Baritone (Fretted)

At the start of the year all sorts of plans were in place, virtually none of which have come to fruition.  Even early in the year things were starting to go wrong and by the end of February the main reason became very apparent. Most of the rest of the year has been spent coping with the fallout from a diagnosis of Cancer. Not very many instruments have been built, and of those that have, some have subsequently been scrapped!

However, now that I’m feeling so much better than the Continue reading A Funny Year

Many Thanks

I have to say an enormous Thank You to everybody that has called, messaged and dropped into the new workshop with good wishes now that I have the ‘all clear’ from my recent course of Chemotherapy. The

The Bass-Baritone prototype
The Bass-Baritone prototype

response has been most heartwarming and both myself and Shirley, my wife, really appreciated all the good will.

The response to our new instrument, the Bass-Baritone Ukulele, has also been Continue reading Many Thanks

New Workshop

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 _IAN1998great, 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

Smugglers Festival

The weekend was spent at the excellent Smugglers Festival, held in a field somewhere between Deal and Dover (It took me one and a half hours to find it, and I knew where it was being held!!) The feedback we got was little short of amazing, with a constant stream of compliments about our ‘beautiful’ instruments. The most interest, throughout the weekend, was Continue reading Smugglers Festival

Three Tenors

 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

Planning

In the Craft Village, Crafters plan a monthly Pure Craft Fair, which will probably be held on the first Saturday of each month, commencing in September. Pure Craft means that there will be no stalls with bought-in tat from afar. The majority of Craft Fairs seem to be inundated with these type of stands, which have nothing at all to do with the word or concept of Craft!

On the bench

On the bench in our Craft Workshop this week has been Andy’s Concert Uke, with Walnut body, Maple neck and cedar soundboard and he is saving a few shillings by collecting it unfinished, ready to apply the shiny stuff himself. Alongside is another concert neck, this time for Ian’s Concert, which is similar to Andy’s but with a flat headstock to take geared peg tuners. Ian has come up with his own design for a soundhole, which should be interesting to execute. :)

There is also the body for an experimental Q-Bass Ukulele, a project I’ve been thinking about for a while now. I might also try an eight string Tenor, perhaps in all European Maple, just for the fun of it. In the meantime, going to chase up some Yew that I’ve been having cut up for me.

Pumpkin or Pineapple??

It’s Halloween and tradition has it that carved pumpkins are the order of the day. I have no idea why, I’m sure you could Google it, but is this Concert Uke a Pumpkin or a Pineapple? Built mostly from Walnut grown on Quex Park, the instrument has actually come out of our new Pineapple Mould, but has the walnut neck attached to the ‘wrong’ end! Fingerboard and mouth (I mean bridge) are from a wild cherry cut on the Park a couple of years ago, and it sports Aquila strings strung in gCEA tuning.

A fun instrument, it sounds excellent. It is no competition though, for the family of Pumpkins on guard outside the unit! Happy Halloween.