This course is supplementary to the nine-day Musical Instrument Making course, held in the spring. It enables you to have time to design and make the moulds and jigs necessary for making your chosen instrument. It will also help you to select and prepare some of the woods required. It may also be used to finish and set up instruments made on a previous course.
What you should achieve:
1. Starting a guitar or ukulele
- An understanding of the process of making your chosen instrument
- The correct use and sharpening of hand tools
- The preparation of templates, moulds and work-boards
- The selection and preparation of suitable tonewoods
2. Finishing your instrument
- An understanding of different types of finishes and their application
- Preparation and application of a French polish or oil finish to your instrument
- Fitting machine-heads
- Cutting and fitting a bone nut and saddle
- Setting up strings
Teaching is generally on a one-to-one basis, catering for each student’s individual needs, and dictated by ability, previous experience and knowledge. There will be group demonstrations where appropriate. As the course takes place in the main workshop, adjacent to the other courses in this series, you will also gain knowledge by interaction with fellow students and other tutors. Those starting certain instruments have information packs provided by the tutors. Health and safety is an integral part of the course.
Please note: humidity levels in the workshop are variable to dry; whilst the College has addressed this, some factors are beyond our control, and instruments are brought at your own risk.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
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If your goal is to set-up an instrument making workshop or to work in the trade, our Foundation Degree in Musical Instruments is internationally respected for the high-level craftmanship skills students attain. It encompasses the whole field of stringed musical instruments. Find out more