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Highfield Ukulele Workshop

Post by TimS » Tue Oct 22, 2013 1:17 am

Here are a few images from the workshop I ran in early October at Highfield. It was a little cold but we all worked hard for five days and came out the other end with an instrument in hand!
Group-1.jpg
BridgeClamp.jpg
BacksetCurveClamp.jpg
SideBending.jpg
Mould.jpg
PocketJoint.jpg
BodyClamp.jpg
NeckClamp.jpg
BodyRing.jpg
NeckJig.jpg
Fretwork.jpg
HuonTiger.jpg
HuonTiger-2.jpg
BlackwoodKingBilly.jpg
BlackwoodKingBilly2.jpg
Sassafras.jpg
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Re: Highfield Ukulele Workshop

Post by Nick » Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:49 am

Only at one of Tim's courses could a student get to build with Tiger Myrtle on their very first Uke! Good looking bunch of Ukes Tim. :D
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Re: Highfield Ukulele Workshop

Post by charangohabsburg » Tue Oct 22, 2013 6:53 am

Seems like everybody managed to make a really nice ukulele! :cl
Only Mr. Spittle's ukulele looks like a dog. :wink:

Great job Tim. How does it feel to let make 5 instruments at once? I mean... how long did it take you to prepare everything?

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Re: Highfield Ukulele Workshop

Post by needsmorecowbel » Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:15 am

looks great Tim! haha Markus...

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Re: Highfield Ukulele Workshop

Post by ozziebluesman » Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:37 pm

Looks a great success Tim.

Congratulations to you and the builders.

It sure is a great sense of achievement.

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Re: Highfield Ukulele Workshop

Post by Tod Gilding » Tue Oct 22, 2013 4:34 pm

They all look very happy with their achievement, Good on ya Tim :cl
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Re: Highfield Ukulele Workshop

Post by John Maddison » Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:24 pm

You did good, Tim. Just goes to show you can't have too many clamps; or jigs.
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Re: Highfield Ukulele Workshop

Post by TimS » Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:49 am

Thanks guys for the comments.
Preparation of jigs, logistics and setup took about a week. However now that the kit is there it is only the wood and consumables that need processing and sending. I think I successfully enabled all the people at the workshop to achieve success by minimising the drama of side bending using the thermal blankets, a specific mould for side/endblock/kerfing, references holes for alignment and a pressure plate to achieve a good glue line between the top,sides and the bottom. In cool temperatures a curing times for epoxy (neck joint) curing and Minwax drying time were a concern and next time I will setup a heater cabinet for temp control. MIcromesh was brilliant is achieve a good fretwire finish.

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Re: Highfield Ukulele Workshop

Post by Kim » Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:36 pm

Well done Tim, all the lads look very proud of themselves in the photo and rightly so to. Not only do they now own a ubeat uke built with their own hands, but thanks to your course they've discovered a new craft and have been gifted with the confidence to tackle it head-on in their own shed...today a uke......tomorrow a bass.. 8)

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