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Build a Lapsteel Guitar

Duration: One day

Price: £85

Contact: Short Courses Team at Centre for Alternative Technology

Centre for Alternative Technology
SY20 9AZ

Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.
Saturday 27th June 2020
Saturday 5th September 2020

About the Course

If you’ve ever dreamed of making your own musical instrument, lapsteel guitars are a great place to start. During this one-day practical course you will build a simple guitar to take away with you, based mainly on reclaimed materials.

The course begins with a basic introduction to the nature of stringed instruments and how they create sound and modify pitch. Following further detail on the design considerations specific to a lapsteel guitar, materials will be selected and, after a safety briefing on the use of the tools involved, construction will begin. The course ends with discussion on possible modifications and improvements and finally an opportunity to tune and play your new instrument.

As part of the course, participants will be challenged to explore how items destined to be discarded can be re-used, re-purposed or re-made - skills that will be useful in future projects and repairs.


Nestled in the foothills of Snowdonia, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a world-renowned eco centre that researches and supports greener ways of living.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Tuition, all materials and lunch are provided on the day, and full-board accommodation is available at CAT if you would like to stay longer.

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