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Cigar box guitar and ukulele making weekend in the heart of the Cotswolds

Whiskey tin ukulele finished

Duration: 2 hours Friday night + all day Saturday and Sunday

Price: £295

Contact: Pam Brown at Nailsworth Community Workshop

Nailsworth Subscription Rooms
Bath Road
Nailsworth, Stroud

Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.
Friday 15th May 2020

About the Course

This is a unique opportunity to make a three string Cigar Box Guitar or Ukulele in a weekend from recycled materials. The course is run in our fully equipped workshop which is in the heart of the Cotswolds. You can bring your own 'body' in the form of an oil can, cigar box or a tin or we will have a selection here for you to choose from.

The weekend is taught by Gavin Pond. Gavin has 30 years experience of teaching people from all walks of life. He has studied baroque lute and guitar making at West Dean College in West Sussex and has extensive experience of working with people with special needs and challenging behaviour. For 10 years he worked at The Acorn School as the Craft teacher where he taught musical instrument making, carpentry, pottery, longbow making, silverwork, and blacksmithing. He has also built and restored furniture. He is a visiting tutor at West Dean College and has been running Nailsworth Community Workshop for the past 10 years.

On the Friday night we will glue up the pieces of wood for the neck. This wood will come from recycled sources. Saturday we will shape the neck and finger board and on Sunday there will be final assembly and sing a song.
No previous experience is necessary - Gavin will talk you through all the processes necessary to complete your instrument.

We ask for a £55 non returnable deposit when you book a place and there are up to 5 people per course in our Community Workshop.

Please call or email if you want to know more.

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?

The price includes all materials, tools and tuition.

There are teas, coffees and biscuits provided but we ask participants to provide their own lunches.

We are in the middle of Nailsworth and there are many cafes, pubs and shops to choose from or you can bring a packed lunch. There is an excellent Fish and Chip shop two minutes walk away.

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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Weekends
  • Wheelchair friendly

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