Make your own Ukulele

Design and build your own unique ukulele that sounds and looks as good as any quality factory made instrument.

We have developed a simplified design that is made using a combination of high tech digital fabrication and traditional woodworking skills. It can be made by anyone 12+ years old, and no previous woodworking experience is necessary. All materials and hardware will be provided.

This is for a standard soprano sized instrument. Other variations can be accommodated – concert, tenor, baritone or even a Ukulele Bass.

Let us know what you are interested in making in the comments box at the bottom of the enrolment form.

Maximum of 10 students.

Course Outline

Session 1 Introduction
Designing your own instrument. Digital laser cutting file set up.

Sessions 2-3
Making parts

Sessions 4-6
Assembly of instrument

Sessions 7-8

Timetable and Enrolment

Wednesday evenings 6.30-8.30pm. May 17th- 5th July.
Scots College Creative and Performing Arts Centre and Workshop
Brian Nelson
Target Market
Anyone aged 12 years -adult.
(incl GST)
$300 for a standard soprano ukulele (includes materials and hardware costs $60) or $390 for an electric/acoustic Ukulele Bass (includes materials cost $150).

Please let us know what you want to make in the comments box on the enrolment form.
New enrolments:
enrol online

About Brian Nelson

By day, Brian teaches Graphics and Technology at Scots College. He has been a rock and jazz musician for over 30 years, and has been making his own instruments for the last 10 years – everything from ukuleles to a double bass.

Brian firmly believes that there are no mysteries or black arts involved in instrument making – anyone can do it!

Our Location

Rata Studios
Based at Scots College
1 Monorgan Road
Wellington 6022
Rata Studios
Based at Scots College
PO Box 15064
Wellington 6243