A range of ukulele and guitar building workshop styles including slow builds, self-paced and intensive builds. Join me at the workbench to make an instrument of your own.



Weekend Ukulele Building

Bookings closed for August 2018                                                                        Cost: $690-$990

An opportunity to build your own solid wood ukulele over two or three glorious days in the company of like-minded ukulele players and enthusiast makers. Includes soft case and generous refreshments. See Application for more details.


Guitar Building in Verona, Italy!                                                    

Discover Verona and the Veneto region on this unique cultural tour.  Build a solid wood acoustic guitar within the walls of old Verona. Not to be missed, places limited!

Guitar Demo Builds                                           

FREE Guitar & Ukulele building demonstrations during Arts Open and Castlemaine State Festival.

Part or full day workshops tailored to corporate groups, students and community groups. Participants are taken through the important processes of a traditional guitar build, such as; ‘Plate Jointing,’ ‘Installation of a Rosette’, ‘Fingerboards,’ ‘Bending Sides,’Neck Shaping,’ ‘Soundboard Bracing,’ ‘Bridge Fitting’ and ‘Set-up Basics’.

Guitar Intensive 

Cost: From $4990

Familiarise yourself with the tools of the trade at Lot 19 and enjoy hosted dinner first eve before embarking on the next six days of guitar building.  Culminates in set-up of your own guitar on the final day. Designed to give you maximum hands-on building time alongside focused step-by-step guidance from start to finish. Includes the solid wood ‘OOO’/’OM’ or Small Jumbo guitar you build, hard case and refreshments. See Application for more details.


My partner and I participated in this workshop and both of us (to our surprise) produced a most beautiful ukulele.

We both had fairly basic wood-work skills, but felt in control throughout the workshop, due in large part to Ben’s impressive skills as a teacher.

He explains each phase of the production in clear terms, demonstrates what to do, and then helps at any moment as required, while providing useful general advice throughout.

It was an intensive and memorable weekend.  We both felt weary but uplifted after  8-9 hours of solid focus each day.

It was very satisfying to build an instrument from scratch, with a choice of timbers, and the opportunity to put one’s own ‘touches’ to it.

We left the workshop with fine sounding instruments, and now enjoy playing duets over an evening glass of (red) wine.

We would highly recommend this workshop to all.”

Dr Alikki Vernon