My Xmas present to myself was a one-week ukulele making class at a local community college. I can now confirm that my expectation that this would be crazy fun was correct. There were only seven of us on the course (average age mid forties, average gender 87% bloke). The teacher was fantastic, and I spent a week playing with a mix of power tools and hand tools, carving, filing, drilling, sawing and all the rest. By the end I had created a unique musical instrument that I can play, as well as I can play any ukulele.
My admiration for the hard working people who made the instruments I already own has increased exponentially.
A while back I ran away from a twentymumble-year corporate career to be a feckless art student. Since then I've dirtied my hands with, metaphorically and/or literally, bronze and ceramic sculpture, photography, and digital and traditional illustration. Mask making was one discovery, dovetailing with my interests in teaching and performing improvised theatre.
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