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Pete Howlett
01-27-2017, 11:51 PM
I am running a 6 week ukulele building course at my workshop in North Wales UK in September and October. Places are limited to 3 students. Although I am still working on the curriculum a basic overview is here:
Week 1: Basic tool making, sharpening and use
Week 2: Building a boat paddle soprano ukulele
Week 3: Building a Ditson style concert ukulele
Weeks 4 -6 : Full bound tenor build

Cost of course will be 3500 with materials supplied for boat paddle and concert, purchase materials of choice from my stock for the tenor build or stay with course recommendations.

The course will be highly skilled base and you will walk away with forms, templates and three finished instruments. This is an opportunity to work with a master craftsman and get a real head start into the craft of making. All specialist and hand tools are supplied for use on the course but if you wish to bring your own you can. Evidence of previous woodworking desirable but this is not the sort of thing for an absolute novice. My 5 day course is for that level of expertise.

Details will be soon listed on my site with a full program of study (which can be used by other luthiers - it is an open source document which is part of my WCMT dissemination plan). You will need to find accommodation and other living expenses. The day will run from 10.00am to 6.00pm 5 days a week with a hour for lunch.

Contact me at pete@petehowlettukulele.com

Booli
01-28-2017, 05:12 AM
Kudos to you Pete for offering such a class to share your knowledge, skill and expertise and by paying it forward, your legacy will live on in others.

It would be a wonderful privilege to attend such a class, which offers so much more at the end beyond having built an ukulele under your tutelage because of the shared experience of doing so.

I hope that the lucky students that come to you are able to fully grok the experience. :bowdown: :worship:

Mezcalero
01-28-2017, 05:44 AM
Kudos to you Pete for offering such a class to share your knowledge, skill and expertise and by paying it forward, your legacy will live on in others.

It would be a wonderful privilege to attend such a class, which offers so much more at the end beyond having built an ukulele under your tutelage because of the shared experience of doing so.

I hope that the lucky students that come to you are able to fully grok the experience. :bowdown: :worship:

Grok On ! ! !

JesterBlod
01-28-2017, 06:25 AM
Kudos to you Pete for offering such a class to share your knowledge, skill and expertise and by paying it forward, your legacy will live on in others.

It would be a wonderful privilege to attend such a class, which offers so much more at the end beyond having built an ukulele under your tutelage because of the shared experience of doing so.

I hope that the lucky students that come to you are able to fully grok the experience. :bowdown: :worship:


This will be a fantastic learning experience :agree: :iwant:

Pete Howlett
01-28-2017, 11:51 AM
Thanks folks. It will be a much different course than those offered by the guitar making schools. My approach is from that of a ukulele maker and focuses on techniques I have developed for making ukulele. Obviously, they will be transferable but invaluable for anyone wanting to know how to build effectively. I won't be 'holding' back. For 3500 you will have everything I know and what's more, you come out after 6 weeks with shop made tools and 2000 worth of ukulele. If you are at all serious about building consider investing in this course - it's not therapy, it's education folks. :) :)
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TheCraftedCow
01-29-2017, 05:44 AM
The only downside is that it is just a bit more distant than an hour away.

Pete Howlett
01-29-2017, 10:35 AM
There is that to it... but it is based at Capel SALEM :)

Choirguy
01-29-2017, 10:38 AM
Remember the fellow they wanted all the advice for free? Well, now he can attend your building camp and get it!

Pete Howlett
01-30-2017, 03:58 PM
Yes he can but I doubt he will. Thank you for pointing this out and bumping my post :)

Pete Howlett
01-30-2017, 04:02 PM
If you tune into my Face Book Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/petehowlettukuleleclub/#) today I am touring the teaching room. This was my original work space which I am converting into an area that can sustain 4 people safely in a simple work room. I've been fortunate to be able to rent more workspace in adjoining rooms so the spray-shop and wood-store/machine shop are housed in separate rooms. All I have todo now is finalise the programs of study and publish them.