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Geoff Davies Hoosier Maid Harp Ukulele
Hoosier Maid Harp
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In being on the look out for nice Ukuleles I see the work of a number of full and part time luthiers. The instruments they make look very nice and worthy of note.

Dan Ryderson - Mana'e

He started Ukulele production while living in Molokai, Hawaii but in 2012 move to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he continues to use the name Mana'e. He is a member of the Ukulele Guild of Hawaii and only makes a few Ukuleles a year. He began Ukulele production in 2003, but prior to that he made Guitars. As koa is not a major wood on the island of Molokai he prefers other native Hawaiian woods, particularly Milo along with traditional Guitar luthiery woods like Spruce and Cedar. He makes Concert, Tenor and Baritone scale and has done some Taropatches

Geoff Davis - Hoosier Maid

From Nobleville, Indiana, he did the Hana Lima La building course in 2004 went back to Indiana and started Hoosier Maid. He seems to have been quite busy in the second half of the 2000's making all sorts of Ukulele even Harp ones but there is nothing much now (2014) The website is gone and I don't know if he is still making?

Kerry Char

From Portland, Oregon, he has been building and repairing instrument since the 1980s. He breaks the mold slightly by being born in Hawaii and moving to the Mainland rather than the more usual opposite. As well as making the the usual selection of chordophones, plus some more unusual historic ones, he makes Ukuleles in all the main scales, including Baritone

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