Make your own Ukulele

June 23 - June 27, 2023

Make your own Ukulele


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $735
Material Fee: $40

Come learn a completely new dimension of wood through lutherie. The idea that wood not only has a look and a feel and a smell but also a sound is enrapturing. In this workshop we will be making perhaps one of the easiest chordophones to make: a ukulele. We will be using wood leftover from projects that Zeke has been engaged in for the last several years, thereby giving new life to scraps in the process of making playable ukuleles. If you are not a woodworker, DO NOT PANIC! We will have time to learn all of the processes, and it is actually a really good way to learn a lot of wood working processes relatively quickly. We will be milling wood, bending it, and engaging simple joinery. We will do some (very little) finishing, and we will end up with some fun little instruments. Along the way we will share stories (and hopefully songs). Whether you are a woodworker that wants to try some new processes, a musician who wants to learn a little more about how to make the tools of that trade, or simply someone who is curious about wood-based making practices, we think you will be delighted with what we end up with.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult


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Zeke Leonard

Zeke Leonard is the Associate Director of the Syracuse University School of Design, as well as being the coordinator of the School of Design’s First Year Experience. His research involves the role of social responsibility and environmental stewardship in contextually-relevant design and fabrication practices.  Central to his work is the re-purposing of discarded materials and objects in ways that inspire conversation and call communities to action. Zeke regularly partners with community groups and organizations to find ways to put local resources to better use. He previously taught at RISD and NYU, and is a regular visiting instructor at institutions including the Haystack Mountain School of Craft and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Examples of his work are in the collections of the Worker’s Arts and Heritage Society in Hamilton, Ontario, The Mystic Seaport Museum, and the Maine Culinary Archive.  Zeke holds an MFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA in Set Design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

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