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Pete Howlett
08-09-2010, 10:58 AM
See some photos here (http://www.albumini.fi/Albumi=T3Y6POXX)

08-09-2010, 11:25 AM
I was part of it, Im a lucky man!

Dave Higham
08-09-2010, 11:31 AM
Great photos Pete. Looks like a good time was had by all.
I especially liked the improvised Go-bar decks.
I suppose you must have asked what everyone wanted to build beforehand as there seemed to be sopranos, concerts and even a slot-head tenor.

Edit. Just been 'down under'. Might have known Ken was behind that Go-bar deck! ;)

Pete Howlett
08-09-2010, 11:55 AM
Including mine...
5 Tenors
1 Concert
5 Sopranos

email me your address Jens for replacement saddle... Did your wife think it was worth it?

08-09-2010, 11:57 AM
Yeah, those go-bar stools are great. You can clamp a tenor underneath while you sit on top and play a soprano ;)

Great photos, Pete. I'm booked till the end of the year, but next year I hope I can fit in a workshop....

08-09-2010, 01:06 PM
Man! I'd love to do something like that. It looks like you all really had a great time.

Matt Clara
08-09-2010, 01:56 PM
Hey Pete, great pics--I see you got some media coverage while there, too. Most exciting. I'm curious as to why you choose Finland. Any family there, per chance?

08-09-2010, 03:20 PM
Wow. What a great experience to have and a nice ukulele to boot.

Pete Howlett
08-09-2010, 08:56 PM
This year we had a Californian from Hong Kong, an engineer from Germany, A high school graduate from Denmark, two high level professionals from London, a radio producer, 2 teachers, a guy working in advertising and 2 students at luthiery school. It was a truly international experience located in a great place.


I get a school workshop for free (Kudos to Harri and his school in Hameenlinna)


A lodge with suana, lake for fishing and swimming for a very reasonable price and a chance to be away from Wales


Please book early for my next build - we only have 8 places.

08-10-2010, 01:11 AM
Hi Pete, thanks for the photos. The Gobar Deck adaptation was very ingeneous ! Pressing frets down with a drillpress also caught my eye! HB

08-10-2010, 07:59 AM
I was thinking this would be a good class....But the box-o-wine in the last pic is a deal breaker :p

Pete Howlett
08-10-2010, 08:12 AM
Curiously enough, the boxed wine was provided by our Californian who BTW had the previous week won the 100 metres butterfly in the Guthenburg 50 -54 masters...

There are other photos of men fishing (none taken in sauna sadly) and ukulele playing, people eating - it was so much more than a bunch of enthusiasts racing against time to build an ukulele!

10-11-2010, 11:47 PM
Tenor, now finished with tung nut oil (Waterlox):




10-11-2010, 11:59 PM
Wow Tube..Nicely done. (I always wanted to build my own, but alas it seems so far at the age of 17 :P )

Pete Howlett
10-12-2010, 12:25 AM
That looks absolutely fabulous Jens. Can I use the pics on my website please?

10-12-2010, 01:13 AM
Pete, I would be pleased about seeing my fotos on Your website. You have got mail.