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SteveSteve D'Antonio Baritone
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.

Bruce and Matt Petros - Petros Guitars

Founded by Bruce in Kaukauna, Wisconsin in 1972 and making mainly acoustic Guitars for most of the time since. He was joined by his son Matthew some time around 2000 and in 2011 they added Ukuleles to their catalogue. it appears that snce the inclusion of Ukuleles to the cataloge it has been Matt who does most of the main building with Bruce concentrating of the decorative work. On the website they only show Concert and Tenor scales but they have made Sopranos too. they also make purfling, rosettes and other small carved luthiery bits like tuners buttons and tailpieces both for their own instruments and for other makers to use too.

Mike Callahan

Based in Chicago, Illinois, he started making electric Guitars from parts in 2006, and then went to a luthiery school, graduating and starting his own workshop in 2009. He makes all manner of Guitars plus Soprano and Concert Ukuleles to order. He uses the name Callahan as a headstock logo but often puts it on backwards

Steve D'Antonio

Based in Bellingham, Massachuetts he started making kit chordophones in 1984 but then went on to do some kind of apprenticeship / assistant work for a proper local luthier and has been making instruments ever since, (I say this but his website was last updated in 2005 and his entry in the New England Luthiers website is dated 2007 so I'm not sure if he is still working?) He calls his workshop "the Luthiers Bench" and under this guise he makes Violins, (and associated family), acoustic, electric and archtop Guitars and, (according to the website catalogue) Soprano to Baritone Ukuleles, plus solid body electric ones. He is, (or was), a member of the New England Luthiers association, but from his website luthiery is not his main occupation though, full time he is a teacher.

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