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    Default Building class or shop hang around

    I’m retiring from the day job soon. I am hoping to find a ukulele or acoustic guitar build class. Or even be a shop hang around for a couple days as a retirement gift for myself. Anyone have ideas? I know Robbie O’Brien has a class in Colorado. I think Hana Lima May still do an accelerated class during the summer but not sure.

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    Once again I am offering a ukulele building course at my home on Kauai. I did this last year and it was a lot of fun. Basically you spend 8-12 days at my home/shop building the ukulele of your choice. We spend 4-6 hours a day on building/instruction and the rest of the time is yours to enjoy Kauai. We have a small mother in law unit next to the shop and garage at my home. If you wish to bring a significant other, that’s fine as long as you are comfortable sharing the bed. The cost is $1200 for a soprano, $1300 for a concert, $1400 for a tenor and $1500 for a baritone. For less than most people spend for just the accommodations, you get the instruction, the ukulele and a place to stay. For more info or any questions, send me an email message.
    Brad
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    I know this luthier from a couple of podcasts, her name is Meredith Coloma and is located in Vancouver.

    She runs ukulele workshops once in a while, not sure if she has a website, but I found her Facebook page.

    https://www.facebook.com/ColomaGuitars/

    Hope this helps....

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    According to its website, Brier Road Guitars offers guitar/ukulele building workshops in the town of Adams in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

    http://www.brierroadguitars.com/Workshops.html

    Sam Rosen has a workshop in the basement of his Holualoa Ukulele Gallery where he offers build classes. Holualoa is a village in the hills just east of Kailua-Kona on the Big Island.

    https://www.konaweb.com/ukegallery/

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    You might check this link out for a class located in Eugene, Oregon. NFI. http://www.oregonukuleleclasses.com/

    Bill

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    There is a shop here in Utah, about an hour south of Salt Lake City, that does courses for guitar making. Utah School of Guitar Making. If I remember right, the courses are about a week long. https://www.facebook.com/UtahSchoolofGuitarMaking/

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    This thread just about describes my situation. I also am just about retired and looking for some instruction. I live in Abbotsford BC about an hour from Vancouver. I plan to contact Coloma Guitars to see about a build workshop. I hear Robbie O'Brien offers excellent workshops, The travel and accommodation make this less likely for me.

    I am building two Baritones currently and would like to explore a steel string version of the same scale.

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    Robbie has a great on-line course. However, everything you need to know can be found free on YouTube.

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    I've taken and given many classes over the years. U-tube or other online instruction do not sub well for the personal experience of spending time with an experienced builder. You'll form friendships and learn nuances that will last a lifetime. The online life has become the norm, but it just ain't the same!

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    You'll form friendships and learn nuances that will last a lifetime. The online life has become the norm, but it just ain't the same!
    Amen to that
    Miguel

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