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Ted's instrument making course


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In my small friendly workshop in Stoke on Trent I have all the tools and materials for you to complete a project in one day. I have room for 1 or 2 adults due to size of workshop.
On the Instrument making course you will learn about:-

Wood selection, fret work, shaping, accurate measuring, bandsaw use, sanding and finishing. No experience needed for this course ....just common sense!
People use this course as an introduction to acoustic guitar making.

Instrument building course 8 hours, 30 mins for lunch, £165 per person
Paypal and bank transfer accepted or cash on the day but a deposit is needed if you choose the cash option.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Free parking and security on site.

Potbank hotel for cheap rooms to let and Cafe with great food.

Historic building Spode works and heritage centre open 6 days.


T Blackwood at Teds Woodworking/ instrument making Courses
Spode works
Elenora street
Stoke on trent
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  • Accommodation offered
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users

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- - #30566

How can you make an amazing 3 String Strumstick from a stick and a few other pieces of wood, on Teds woodworking course, well YOU can. Having little knowledge of woodworking, tools or anything musical doesn't matter as Ted guides you helpfully and funnily through, from start to finish.
What a great day I had, unfortunately it went far too quickly, but I ended up with a great looking and sounding Strumstick and feeling proud of my self and my achievement.
A very satisfying day.
Thank you for an excellent adventure.

Response from Teds Woodworking/ instrument making Courses:

Thank you Norman......the feelings mutual my friend looking forward to our bandsaw box or jewellry box day later this year.

I agree some parts of woodworking need special tools but as you seen its all common sense and with a little TLC you can get some astonishing results.

It was a fun day my friend .....don't forget to practice with the instrument now !

Take care Norman .....see you soon .....Ted

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- - #29484

Teds day course was fantastic ! He is a very helpful man with a sense of humour too!

My wife paid for a Gift voucher which was valid for 1 year, so in Feb 2020 I decided to use it.
The Strumstick 3 stringed instrument was built in just 7 hours and sounded great at the end of the day.

I learned about Acoustic instruments building including :- Fret boards, Fret levelling, Tonewoods, neck shaping, band saw use, sanding, finishing, and wood selection. I would recommend this craft course for anyone with or without experience in woodwork. I had 30 mins for lunch and tea breaks at any time we wanted. I chose a weekend day but I could of easily had any evening or daytime. I now have my instrument to play at home for many years to come.

Response from Teds Woodworking/ instrument making Courses:

Thank you Steve, it was a pleasure my friend. Tell your wife Wendy, thank you for the purchase of the Gift voucher and good luck and happy strumming for 2020.
Kind regards Ted

Ps We have a Bandsaw box and jewellery box day if you are interested ? Later this year we hope to do a Marquetry day too.

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