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!→
Uke No1 is progressing nicely and is now at the finishing stage. This means lots of ‘drying time’ so these breaks are an ideal time to proceed with Uke No2. Materials on this occasion will be solid mahogany for the sides and back, with a spruce top, and again, a Cedar neck. (These necks are being completely Continue reading Ukulele No 2→
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…
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→
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!
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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