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Trees and things

Sycamore logs outside the workshop

Using locally produced timber was taken to the extreme one day last week, when what was probably the closest tree to the workshop was felled. It was a Sycamore that had self seeded some 100 years ago along the main drive opposite to the entrance of the Craft Village.

Needless to say, we watched it’s demise, even video’d the act, and, surprise surprise, obtained the best part of the trunk for Ukulele parts! :)

Sycamore is a member of the Maple family, Continue reading Trees and things

Exotic woods

From time to time we get asked about exotic timbers. The most popular timber for making Ukuleles is a Local Laburnumwood called Koa. It is one of the Acacia family and is native to the Hawaiian Islands (among other places) where the Uke was invented. The reason it was used was quite simple. It was local and available.

Of course, today, Hawaiian Koa is still available in small quantities, but at a high price. Think in terms of a set of boards for a soprano starting around the £60 mark and going up from there!

However, ‘local and available’ were the criteria for using this timber in the first place, and here in the Garden of England, Continue reading Exotic woods

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 :)

Tonewood from Quex

The first board, cut in half to transport

We’ve started to convert timber grown at Quex Park into usable lumber. :) To start off with, it’s ‘just’ a single board, but that board yeilds around three and a half cubic feet of fully provenanced Walnut. If you think back, Uke No1 was a walnut body, and that sounded beautiful so we are quite happy with this timber. To put it into context, the cut timber from this board will produce Continue reading Tonewood from Quex

Quex Timber

 

Quex House

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.

No2, a concert, is from Mahogany with a spruce top.

Although the park is not managed for timber production, the extensive woodlands have produced some Continue reading Quex Timber