Micheal Connor Woodwork
the sweet sound of making shavings

Cairns Ukulele Festival Building Course

Due to the warm and wet weather in Cairns this year the Pineapple Ukes are popping out of the ground.
Allen and I have had a great 4 days with some very enthusiastic “Pineapple Pickers and Pluckers”.
We had a few busy days and everyone got stuck right in.It is a bit daunting for some but we all had a good work ethic and as Allen replied when asked ”There are no questions about building that are too silly to ask. We have made all those mistakes already”
First letter back from the students has been unashamedly “cut and pasted “ below along with the rich harvest produced at the Cairns and District Woodworkers Guild. After the food all week we needed a bit of a wide shot to all fit in.

“Hi Allen & Micheal,
Many, many thanks for instructing us at this last week's ukulele building course.
The course exceeded my expectations in just about every area:
* The tuition provided by you both was simply first class.
* The final instrument could easily hold its own against a "professionally" built ukulele - which is amazing considering my last woodworking experience was when I was at school in 1967 when I made a spade scraper!
* The venue was excellent - so good to be working in the open air.
* The food was superb and so prodigious in its quantity that I was often unable to eat an evening meal as well!
Thanks again for your time and the care and thought that you put into the preparation to make this course and its final product such a resounding success.
Best regards,
Ken Rosie
PS I'm now thinking of building a mandolin - let me know if you ever run a suitable course!”

Fourteen students and fourteen pineapples in four days.It was fun, fun ,fun.
They may not look it but there are some mighty fine pickers and singers hiding in this group . I can’t elaborate as “what happens on course stays on course” of course!