We are in the studio designing a new Ukulele. Laura has been playing hers quite a bit and decided the time had come. I can already tell , with some R and D, we will come up with something good! Peter Park and Jay Hwang were visiting for Christmas. We messed around with some block printing and he printed these shell patterns on the top.
Spent the weekend at the Old Southeast Market selling Instruments. I met many cool people and had fun!
They are ready! We photographed this week and have been expanding site. We are already designing next run. The dulcimer guitar is the perfect instrument for beginners and experienced musicians. Our small runs of 20 with custom drawings inside also make them a collectable item.
We have a lot going on right now. Laura is working on the web site, and I have finished stringing all the instruments in our new batch. Tomorrow the photographing begins! We are excited and already designing the next batch.
We are really moving along. What is so exciting about making a functional object like an instrument is stringing it and hearing the first sound!! Tomorrow may be that day.
Today we started clear finishing the instruments. I made bridge stock for all the instruments. It is really exciting!
Things are getting exciting in The Strum Factory! We are almost finished fretting. Two coats of sealer are on the fret boards and two coats of milk paint on the bodies and head stocks. Touch up and final once over tomorrow ,and Friday the fun begins…… finishing! Then stringing and set up. It is like magic when you spend so much time making something and then you get to play it. Can’t wait to hear it next week!!!