Friday, 24 June 2016

The 'Instructions' Cigar Box Ukulele - For Grace.

The 'Instructions' Cigar Box Ukulele - For Grace

Grace, on Amanda Palmer's Patreon page, mentioned that she had a dream about a ukulele, decorated with illustrations from Neil Gaiman's poem 'Instructions', so I offered to make the dream a reality, and the uke will be posted out to Massachusetts on Monday. Unbeknown to me, until yesterday, I finished it on Grace's birthday... Happy birthday Grace!

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Haufcut, Electro-Acoustic, Partagas Tenor C.B.G.

Haufcut, Electro-Acoustic, Partagas, Tenor C.B.G.

A lovely sounding tenor CBG, made from a cool Partagas Cuban cigar box. Electro-acoustic, and tuned GDAE. ON SALE NOW !!!

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Haufcut, 4 string, Fretless, Deco-Canjo

Haufcut, 4 String, Fretless, Deco-Canjo

Made from a really nice, deco tin, with an oak neck, 4 chrome tuners, a key bridge, cordian nut, piezo pick-up and fretless, for slide playing - Tuned AEaC# (low to high)

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Haufcut Cohiba III CBG

Cohiba III CBG

Made from a really nice, black, Cohiba Cuban Cigar box, with 3 strings, tuned ADA, an oak neck, mahogany fingerboard, 24 steel frets, cordian nut, key bridge, chrome tuners, piezo pick-up, black sparkle fret markers. ON SALE NOW!

Monday, 6 June 2016

Haufcut Washytartar

Haufcut Washytartar

People keep saying to me "You should make a washboard guitar, like Seasick Steve plays. So I did...

Stage 2

Theatre Nemo Workshops


I was delighted to be asked by Isabel McCue O.B.E. to lead a series of instrument making workshops with Theatre Nemo, in Glasgow. Theatre Nemo is a charity, which offers participation in arts and theatre for people with mental health issues, and promotes inclusion and the therapeutic benefits of art.. Over 15 weeks, I assisted in the completion of a number of very cool instruments, which were designed and made by participants. It was great for me to see the enthusiasm and care that everybody put in to the workshops... Plus we had tea and cakes most weeks. - Pictures and videos below:

A mini cigar-box dulcimer.
Martin with his mini dulcimer
Ian built a fantastic canjo
The Wallace & Gromit Canjo

Isabel wrote about the workshops here: