Continuing Education Blog

PNCA offers evening and weekend classes for adults and young people. For adults we offer courses in art, craft, and design, as well as professional development classes. For children we have Saturday classes during the school year and week-long camps during the summer. In addition to our regular teen classes, we also offer immersive summer Pre-College Studios. Our blog below gives you an idea of some of the goings on, and you can see our full course catalogue online here.


Ukulele Week 7

uke class 7

Week 7 was a busy a busy week in the woodshop. On Thursday we started working on shaping the heel of the neck, adding the bolt to connect to the body and adding the head laminate.

The first step in shaping the heel by roughly cutting it out on the bandsaw. Followed by using the oscillating sander to shape the curve. The front of the headstock was made square on the belt sander.
neck uke

Next we used the jig to measure and drill the hole for the bolt in the body and the nut in the neck.

uke neck jig

Saturday! Max lead the open work time in the woodshop on Saturday where work began on cutting the banding. This involved using a router mounted to a guide arm. This was a nerve wracking experience with the possibility wrecking all of the work on the body.

Channel cutting

After this was finished the binding was glued into the notch that was just cut.

Uke Binding
Next week, getting toward the end.

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Ukulele Class Six

uke body

I this week’s class we worked on preparing the neck block and a bit of catching up with constructing the body.

The first step of the neck was gluing the neck piece together at the scarf joint (which were pre-cut, thanks to Frank). We put glue on and and allowed it to dry on the exposed joint to provide a tackier surface when they are glued and clamped.

uke neck

To clamp them a jig was set up on the table and the neck laid on its side. The jig prevented the two pieces from sliding apart.
ukejig

After drying the heel was added to the neck. This was much simpler glue and clamp job.

uke heal

Next week we finish the neck shape and fingerboard.

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Picture(s) of the Week - 11/9/2013

We had another great week with the PNCA Youth Program. So many wonderful things are in the works! This week we decided to share more than one image with you so that you could get a sense of all the great happenings taking place.

Animal Art
We went to the Zoo!

Art + Storytelling: Fables
We used substantial amounts of glitter.

Screenprinting Workshop
We printed things with Pre-College.

Little Painter's Workshop
We danced a little bit.

Art + Storytelling: Fables
…. and, we made some awesome stuff.

Yes, indeed… this last Saturday was quite spectacular. If you would like to see more from the Youth Program, check out our Flickr site! PS, we are starting to post student work from this term. We hope you enjoy taking a look at all the things we have made!

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Ukulele Class Five

Uke on Go-Bar

This week’s class focused on making the bracing, preparing the sides and attaching the soundboard and back.

Uke bracing
The bracing is made from pieces of spruce. These pieces were cut down to size and glued to the soundboard (supported on a flat surface) and the backs (supported on the 25 foot radius sanding disk, the braces for the back were sanded into this shape prior to gluing).

The back will have a slight dome shape giving the ukulele a stronger sound. The front is flat and you can see on the image below the patch to reinforce the bridge.
Uke Front Bracing

After the glue dried, mini planers and chisels were used to give the braces an arched shape and sloping toward the edges. This allowed for a lighter weight with plenty of support.
uke brace shaping

After completing the bracing we started working on evening out the sides of the uke, getting ready to add the soundboard and back. This involved an incredible amount of hand-sanding. The back on the 25ft dish and the front side on a flat surface. Notches were cut in the kerfing to allow the bracing to sit flush. The soundboard and backs are glued on using a go-bar system to hold the pieces together.
uke go-bar
Next class: preparing the neck and fretboard.

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