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.
From Captain Cook on the Big Island he spent most of his working life as a carpenter and cabinet maker and started making Ukuleles in 2010 aged 58 after studying their manufacture with Sam Rosen. Now he makes Ukuleles full time and makes all scales from Soprano to Baritone, plus Lili'us Guitaleles and the occasional Guitar. He likes to mess around with sound holes and side ports in his construction and I believe he is a member of the Big Island Luthiers Guild.
From Kailua, Oahu, he started making instruments professionally in 2000 and his main output is Koa Guitars for which he has won awards. However he makes a few Ukuleles every year too, primarily Tenors and very traditional in their design with bridge pins and slotted headstocks featuring a stylised palm tree inlaid logo.
Sam Rosen - Beck 'Ukulele
A member of the Big Island Ukulele Makers Guild, as well as making Ukuleles and doing courses on how to make a Concert scale Ukulele, (Rodney Crusat is an ex pupil of his), he runs a Big Island Arts Center / Gallery / Shop selling his own and other locally produced Ukuleles, the Holualoa 'Ukulele Gallery in Holualoa.
(Nothing to do with Martin van Humbeck and Beck Guitars in Canada)
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