21st c. Luthiers from Hawaii click for more
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.
Based in Maui, though originally for Washington State where he worked as a carpenter in the construction industry. He moved to Hawaii in 1996 and taught himself luthiery while still working in construction. He started making instruments full time in 2001, and makes Concert, Long Neck Concert, Tenor and Baritone Ukuleles plus Guitars, (I've never seen a Soprano?). He uses mainly koa in his construction and has a hibiscus motif that he often uses for epaulette and central soundholes, he also has a signature wedge shaped bridge on a lot of his instruments.
Jerome Werner - Valley Made
From Oahu, he makes traditional Soprano, Concert and Tenor Ukuleles all from Koa wood. In 2012 Jerome says he has 16 years of wood working experience, he started with his Uncle Tomas Ceniza and for the last 10 years on his own.
Steve Williams - Halekoa
From Honolulu, he is a part time luthier, his full time job is making picture frames and shadow boxes for the military. However since 2003 he has been making 3 or 4 Ukuleles a year and he also teaches Ukulele making at the Hickam woodshop. He makes Soprano, Concert and Tenor scale Ukuleles and as most of his output is custom work he would make a Baritone if requested. The Ukuleles he makes have a very good reputation
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