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RCI Richard Cross Shapleywood Madrone Tenor Ukulele Corner
My RCI Madrone Tenor
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.

Richard Cross - Shapelywood

From Caerphilly, South Wales, UK. He took up instrument making full time(ish) when he retired and he makes a range of Travel Guitars under the brand name Shapelywood. He also makes a model of Travel Tenor Ukulele in a variety of woods and more often than not fitted with a pickup, but I'm not sure this is part of the Shapelywood brand? if it isn't it goes under his other branding RCI? Finally there is the Soprano scale three stringed Treuke and I'm not sure this counts as a Ukulele?

Thorleif Larssen - Crockett Guitars

This is a manufacturer from Hemnesberget, Norway. It appears now (or did when the website was working) to be run by Thorleif Johan Larssen who also goes under the pseudonym of Igor Kill but there may have been others involved in the past. The company was founded in Crockett in the USA, (hence the name), in 1997 and moved to Norway in 2001. Although the name says Guitars the output is primarily Ukuleles and these are apparently handmade, though the firm seems quite prolific for one man hand making? Certainly the Fortuna models, (and there is a standard Tenor version and a Taropatch), are a special design where the body is made in 2 halves which are then joined together, (I think there may be some patents involved here? and possibly this is what allows the larger output?)
This firm has nothing to do with archtop Guitar maker Alan Crockett and his Crocket Guitars

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