Pickin' Stick with John Ressler August 3-4, 2019


$330 tuition; $50 material fee payable to John
Key Points;
*The basics of stringed instrument building
*The steps to build a pickin’ stick from start to finish
*Wood selection for musical instruments and their effect on tone
*How to tune the instrument
*How to play the instrument

Workshop Available

Pay a deposit of $150.00 per item


A Pickin’ Stick is one of the simplest stringed instruments to build and play. It is an ideal project for someone who wants to learn to build or play stringed instruments, even if you think you can’t. There are no wrong notes or complex finger arrangements. Any string you play will sound good! This project is a great introduction to stringed instrument building, including installing frets, installing tuners, stringing, and setting up an instrument as well as fine woodworking. Each student will go away with a completed fully playable instrument. Materials will be high-grade instrument quality woods. Applying a finish to the instrument will be the responsibility of the student after the class, but will be discussed in detail. The class will include a group lesson on playing the instrument as time allows. WARNING: Building stringed instruments is addictive. This instrument is especially addictive—it is difficult to put down once you start playing it!

There is an annual, nonrefundable registration fee of $45.

This registration fee is not a part of the class fee and is not deducted from the final balance due. This is the financial binding that locks you into the class and starts the registration process. This fee does not apply to students who only take one single day workshop.