Hand made instruments of distinction

Our next Ukulele Klass Event will be held June 30 - July 4, 2014. This is the week leading up to the 2014 Cairns Ukulele Festival. We limit the numbers to just 10 students, and each year these places are taken up very quickly. Last years class sold out in just 5 days.

Class will run from 8:00 am until approximately 4:30 pm at The Cairns and District Woodworkers Guild at 16 Knight Street, Portsmith. You can view a map of it's location on their website
here.

Included in the course are all materials required to build the instrument. You don't need to bring anything along. As well, lunch along with morning and afternoon tea will be catered.

We've structured the class so that complete novices to woodworking will be just as successful as those with years of experience. The class is equally suited to both women and men, young and not so young.

Here you can see some of what happened during
last years class.
This year we will be building a Tenor size Australian Blackwood Pineapple with 17" scale length, using quality geared tuners by Grover, and bone nut and saddle.

This wood makes superb instruments, and is one of my favourites to use.
tenor pineapple

The building part of the course will run over 4 days where at the end you will have your new ukulele in a easy care shellac finish and a Koyama case, ready to take with you to the Cairns Ukulele Festival.

We will demonstrate each procedure on an instrument that we will build along with the class, and then you will repeat the process on your own instrument. All the while we watch your progress and assist when required. Throughout the course there will be ample time for questions and demonstrations. We do our best to pass along all the information that you would need to tackle building an instrument on your own, as several of our students have.

Below is a video of the preparation that goes into the kit components you will building with.
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Day 1 and we have a tight schedule we have to stick to, so we jump right in with you bracing the top and back of the ukulele. Glueing the tail block to the sides and then the sides to the neck. Before you leave for the day you will have installed the kerf linings to the instrument on both top and back and finally before we leave for the day, the back will be glued on.

Day 2 starts out with flush trimming the top and back to the sides, then there is a lot of sanding of the body, preparing it for the finish we will be applying the following day. We'll be partially shaping the neck. Installing fret markers, and frets. Glueing the fret board and peg head overlay to the neck.

Day 3 sees us finish shaping the neck, finish sanding the body and gluing on the bridge. Then we will be a shellac finish. This is a traditional instrument finish that is easy to apply and care for.

Day 4 is devoted to getting your uke ready to make music. We'll be installing the machine heads, making a nut and saddle. Levelling frets and going through all the set up to have your instrument playing like the hand built custom instrument it is.

Day 5 we will move out to my workshop for a Master Class. Going over some more advanced skills in the building of instruments. Followed by lunch of wood fired pizza's and refreshments on the patio.
Tuition for the course is $750 AUD.

I am now accepting bookings for this class.

Included is everything required to build the instrument and a gig bag to carry your new instrument home. And so you don't need to go hungry, or have to find some place to eat, we are providing lunch, morning and afternoon tea.

To secure your spot, tuition must be paid in full on a first come, first in basis.

Please
contact me for details on payment options.

If you can't make it to this one and would like to be informed about the next available class, please join my
mailing list. You will get a heads up when the next one is scheduled.

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Thanks once again for a helping me create a beautiful uke.

I can thoroughly recommend this course to anyone wishing to enhance both their skills level and general knowledge of the ukelele.
 
The finished product is extraordinary, in every aspect.
I couldn't be happier with the look, design and more importantly the sound.

Neale Brown, NSW
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Hi Micheal and Allen, Thanks for a week of learning, fabulous food and an enviable ukulele. I enjoyed the entire process! Keith hasn't stopped talking about the course and was amazed with the end result. I am sure he is now a convert. The course was excellent value and actually I believe it was way too cheap. You two value added way beyond the fee. I will recommend it to all wishing to learn the uke.

Thanks for a week of learning, fabulous food and an enviable ukulele.

I enjoyed the entire process! Keith hasn't stopped talking about the course and was amazed with the end result. I am sure he is now a convert.

The course was excellent value and actually I believe it was way too cheap. You two value added way beyond the fee.  I will recommend it to all wishing to learn the uke.

Robert Zammit, Brisbane
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The Uke build class was simply terrific, and I'm playing my uke every night. My poor little Oscar Schmidt soprano was looking so neglected that I have actually loaned it to one of my work mates.

The course was awesome and when I look at the photos (I took over 200 of them!)  I cannot believe we made so much progress and came away with such well finished instruments.

Jim McKegg
New Zealand

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Many, many thanks for instructing us at this last week's ukulele building course.

* The tuition provided by you both was simply first class.
* The final instrument could easily hold its own against a "professionally" built ukulele.
* The venue was excellent - so good to be working in the open air.
* The food was superb and so prodigious in its quantity that I was often unable to eat an evening meal as well!

Thanks again for your time and the care and thought that you put into the preparation to make this course and its final product such a resounding success."

Ken Rosie, Bemboka NSW

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"I want to thank both of you for such a wonderful uke building course!  

I learned so much, and had a lot of fun doing it and am very happy with my new pineapple uke.  Your patience was very much appreciated too.  

I'd had no experience with woodwork at all before, but you were both so patient and helpful that I didn't feel silly asking questions all the time."

Michelle Paddy, Brisbane, QLD

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Thanks to you and Micheal for running the course for us.  

It was the best holiday I've ever had and it was a privilege to meet you both and be invited back to the workshop to see where it all happens.

One more round of thanks to Karen and the other ladies for keeping us so well fed.

Miguel Hamber NZ
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