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.
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!
Well, the first day of the Craft Fair has come and gone, and along with it has gone Uke No1. Despite dire forecast of bad weather, the day stayed dry, if a little close and cloudy at times. The day was fairly Continue reading Gone!→
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…
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 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!
We managed to obtain a small workshop in the Quex Craft Village that will be opening shortly. Quex Craft Village is situated next door to Jungle Jim’s Playcentre and set in the magnificent grounds of Quex Park , home to the Powell-Cotton Museum, Waterloo Tower and Quex House to name just a few of the attractions. Continue reading Quex Craft Village→
Quex Instruments maker, purveyor of local timber artifacts