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Delvin Champlin Mandolinetto 8 string but Ukulele size
Delvin Champlin Mandolinetto
Because there's no Ukulele pics
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.

David Shelley - Shell Instruments

Base in Poulsbo, Washington he is self taught but has a background in boat-building so builds small boats and Kayaks as well as Guitars and Ukuleles. Of his Ukuleles I have only seen Tenor scale instrument but Taropatches as well as the standard ones. He is fond of using local woods and does like to use a lattice epaulette sound hole design on his instruments

Delvin Champlin

Based in Seattle, Washington, he builds Guitars, Mandolins, Ukuleles, (according to the website but I've not seen a picture of one yet), and the occasional fine cigar box instrument. Formally a carpenter and making his own instruments including a few cookie tin Banjos, he attended the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in 2006. After graduation and a few years of numerous repairs and restorations, he worked for Todd Cambio of Fraulini Guitars for a three month apprenticeship of sorts. Now he has his own workshop where he builds and restores chordophones.

Erik Wilklund - Little Timber

Based in Madison, Wisconsin he is self taught, (with the help of the Internet) and starting making Ukuleles in 2012 having started out making electric Guitars. He makes Baritone, (including fan fret options) and Tenor scales as standard with Concert as a custom option but no Sopranos or smaller and I have not seen though he would do as a custom request, extra string models. He has no website but has a blogspot as well as an esty shop and suggests looking at his Flickr pages for his latest projects


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