So, in February I had a bit of a revelation and decided to learn how to make and build ukuleles. I’ve always loved making stuff – years ago I made wooden automata and would have continued had the Ukulele Orchestra not become so successful. Making ukuleles brings my love of ukes and music together with my enthusiasm for making things. Since that point I’ve been on a non-stop information-gathering mission. I’ve had help and hugely generous advice from some wonderful ukulele-makers: Aaron Keim, Marco Todeschini, Prof Chris, Clifford and Andy Miles. In particular Liam Kirby (below) has been a huge help, patiently explaining to me how to build one of his beautiful Soprano Ukuleles.