Build a Ukulele – July 10-14, 2017

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Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm

Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen

335 N Queen Street, Lancaster, PA, 17603.

The ukulele is a popular and fun instrument to make and play. This 5-day workshop is an opportunity to build a tenor size ukulele. The style of the ukulele is based on the Martin ukulele with a dovetail neck. You do not need to be able to play ukulele in order to build one. No woodworking experience is needed. Wood selection, bending, fretting, and shaping are just a few things that will be accomplished. The ukulele should be assembled and ready to play by the end of the workshop.

Some finishing may possibly be required after the workshop because of time constraints.  The result will be a beautiful family heirloom!

A materials fee of $135 is included in the tuition.


Instructor Allen Androkites – Making a Ukulele

Woodworking has always been an important part of my life since I was 12. I find it rewarding, relaxing, and creative. The past 34 years I have taught woodworking in a high school. For over 30 years I have been producing Shaker boxes. What makes them interesting to me is the oval bent wood shape. The sides are bent by steam bending wood around a mold. This interest was then sparked when I heard a friend talk about ukuleles a few years ago. Like Shaker boxes the sides are bent. Ukulele sides, however, are bent using a silicone heating blanket. One thing led to another and now my obsession is building ukuleles. Each ukulele is different in some way; it might be the wood selection, size or ornamentation. The end result is unbelievable!

Building a ukulele does require basic woodworking tools and a few specific tools to luthiers. Much of the process uses typical woodworking knowledge. The interesting part for me has been the knowledge of acoustic instruments that is needed to build a ukulele. This knowledge is then mixed with the basic woodworking skills to produce a unique object and experience.



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