Ted's instrument making course (Strumstick Dulcimer)



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 can use this course as an introduction to acoustic guitar making and fine woodworking.

Instrument building course 8 hours, 30 mins for lunch.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Free parking and security on site.

At the end of the day You will take home your new instrument.


T Blackwood at Teds Woodworking/ instrument making Courses


Spode works
Elenora street
Stoke on trent

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


8 hours (flexible times to suit)

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In-person course
Michael West - - #34699

This course was hands down one of the best days I have had this year. Ted is so knowledgeable and such a fantastic chap! You will no doubt learn loads on this course and you will end up with a fantastic and fun instrument at the end of it.

The workshop is very comfortable and well equipped, also very pleasant and interesting conversation was to be had in the periods of waiting for glue to set up and breaks.

I strongly recommend anyone interested to take this course you will not regret it.

Thank you Ted for such a fantastic day, you have inspired me to look into setting up my own workshop and I'm sure I'll be joining you again in the future for another course


Response from Teds Woodworking/ instrument making Courses:

I have to say Mike completed his instrument in good time and he really knows many things including woodwork terminology. I was not surprised when his work turned out great. I know we will meet again and speak about music very soon.
Well done Mike

In-person course
Brian Shaw - - #32939

Received this course as a birthday present for my 50th.
I must say, Ted was very enthusiastic and I thoroughly enjoyed the day.
The course was very easy to follow with Ted's guidance. I was not put under pressure to do anything I didn't want to do.
At the end of the course I had completed my instrument.
Overall it was a very satisfactory day and a great birthday gift from my children.
Thank you, Brian S

Response from Teds Woodworking/ instrument making Courses:

Well done Brian a true craftsman indeed. Hope you get many hours of fun with the new instrument !
Hope to see you soon.

In-person course
David OSullivan - - #32938

Really enjoyed the course. I learned a lot about woodworking in general and guitar making.
I'll definitely come back for another course in the future.
Thank you Ted. All the best.

Response from Teds Woodworking/ instrument making Courses:

David was a typical hands on no fuss sort of guy and the results of his effort certainly paid off.
After a few practice runs on the bandsaw he was soon going for the real thing. I hope he get to use his box as much as I use mine ! I'm looking forward to David coming back on another course soon too.
Well done mate the inner craftsman was with you all day!
see you soon!

In-person course
Chis - - #32419

Was a really good day, very enjoyable and ted was very knowledgeable about guitars and luthiery. Excellent learning to use tools like the band saw, table router, drills, scrapers and sanders. Ted takes you through each step and has some great tips and tricks. The instument was excellent and finished to a high standard even though it was only done in one day. Thanks to ted for a good time and will now look into making my own projects at home.

Response from Teds Woodworking/ instrument making Courses:

Well done and good luck in your future builds.

In-person course
Frankie Lawson - - #31830

I got this course as a gift. This was because I'm looking to study instrument making at university.
This was the first time I've picked up tools in about 5 years but Tim's guidance and willingness to answer any questions really helped me get comfortable and confident in the techniques
Ted's a great person to be around is all round interesting, funny while managing to stay informative.
I had an amazing day and left with a great sounding instrument. I can wholeheartedly recommend this course.

Response from Teds Woodworking/ instrument making Courses:

Thank you Frankie I dare say you will be a great craftsman in the future. Many thanks to your mum for buying the course and I hope to see you on another day course soon. Merry Christmas and Happy struming in 2021....... Remember practice makes perfect 🎸🎸👌

In-person course
Chris Hibberd - - #31286

What a fantastic course! Tim is a really friendly, patient tutor, who is as hands on or off as you need throughout. The workshop is well kitted out with all the equipment you need without being an intimidating space.
We started the day understanding the timber and marking out the first couple of cuts and then straight into it on the bandsaw. Tim gave a good explanation on the use of each machine and was always on hand to advise. There was time to make practice cuts before commiting them to the final instrument and always a way to work around things that you might find tricky.
I thoroughly enjoyed the day and have learned a lot of techniques about something that I've never tried before.
The end result was a strum stick that I'm really proud of and plays amazingly well.
I would not hesitate to recommend Tim's courses to anyone of any experience level who wants to try something new. You wont be disappointed!

Response from Teds Woodworking/ instrument making Courses:

I have to say Chris is a fantastic student who had good skills due to his love of woodwork. He is methodical and precise in his approach too.
As always the day does goes far to quickly and to finish this instrument takes effort and concentration ......so well done Chris you made a great strum-stick to be proud of.
I hope to see you again so my friend it was a pleasure to work with you and please let me know if you master some tunes on that delightful instrument?
Ps. See you on the bandsaw box course mate next time ?

Kind regards Ted

In-person course
Paul Stephens - - #30912

Got to say this was one of the most enjoyable days I have had, I saw the course online and dropped hints to my wife who got me the course as a present.

Ted proved to be not only a great teacher but wonderful company and easy to get on with chatting about our mutual love of music and he doesn't make a bad cuppa either.

I learnt so much during the day and ended up with a Strumstick from wood I could not believe would turn into a stringed instrument, not only was I impressed so was my wife and friends who have seen it. Ted is also a very talented musician so at least I got to hear how the Strumstick could sound before I got my hands on it.
Due to the amount of fun I had more hints were dropped to my wife and I have since been down to Ted's for a day on the Bandsaw course.

Response from Teds Woodworking/ instrument making Courses:

Cheers Paul your hand skills are excellent my friend and I'm sure you could build a full size guitar with a little help. I'm hoping to start a Jewelry box course in January let me know if you want to come because you're welcome any time. Happy struming in 2020 thanks again Ted

In-person course
Glyn Williams - - #30825

What a great way to spend a day!
Tim is great company and can talk about anything which is really important when you're spending 8 hours together in a small space.
He was very knowledgeable about the task in hand and helped me as a novice safely through every step of the process while still leaving me with a sense of achievement.
The finished product was also impressive and I happily show it off to anyone who'll listen.

Thanks very much Tim, I'd recommend the course to anyone with an interest in getting to know equipment and techniques.
All the best

Response from Teds Woodworking/ instrument making Courses:

Thanks Glyn

You have a lot of experience with guitars my friend, we certainly got talking about guitars and the world. I'm sure you can make a bandsaw box with me next time? I hope the Strumstick meets the wife's approval too ? A little bit of practice is all you need Glyn....let me know when you have time and hope to see you very soon and please tell your friends as well.

Kind regards Tim

In-person course
Norman Kelsall - - #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

In-person course
Steve Ford - - #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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