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…
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And a performance from the Ukuleles for Peace Orchestra
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
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
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