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Ukulele: Build Your Own

Course Overview

While we may associate the sounds of the ukulele with more tropical locales, this easy to pack and play instrument has a lot to offer any musician--aspiring or professional, Northern or otherwise. Join luthier David Seaton to build a north woods ukulele in just four days made of locally harvested maple, birch and spruce. Students will use mainly hand tools and a few simple jigs and will learn some of the basic principles of stringed instrument construction while assembling their instruments. After all, the tenor ukulele is fun to build, easy to play, and a downright cute addition to any musical quiver. All materials are included so you can have a playable instrument when we’re finished. The simple design allows you to produce a great sounding instrument with a minimum of wood working experience. We’ll be using a few simple hand tools, simple jigs, sanding, clamping and gluing during construction. After the instruments are all assembled we’ll set up the action and string them up on the last day. Finishing will be discussed and demonstrated so you can take time to personalize your instrument at home. Note, students should have some familiarity with woodworking skills and have reasonable hand strength. Contact North House if you wish to discuss this further.


Thu, Jan 17th, 2019  –  Sun, Jan 20th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 4 Days
Skill Levels: Intermediate to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: 12+
Registration Cost: $640.00
Includes materials fee of $300.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • Students should bring their own dust mask and will need a couple of pencils. No tools are required but feel freeto bring a sharp set of chisels a small, accurate ruler and a small, fine toothed saw if you have them. Hearingand eye protection will be available but feel free to bring your own.

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.