21st c. Luthiers from Hawaii click for more

bear Creek Hawaiian Soprano Ukulele
Bear Creek Soprano
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.

Bill Ford - Windward Woods

A cabinet maker and luthier from Honoka‘a, Hawaii, he has been working with wood since the early 1980's and this includes making all wood "Weissenborn" Guitars, and Concert and Tenor Ukuleles. He brands the Guitars and his custom Ukuleles under the name of his woodworking firm Windward Woods, (use to be a website?), but he was also the luthier who makes the own brand Hawi Ukuleles for Hawi Gallery.

Bill Hardin - Bear Creek

He started in 1979 and has worked as a luthier for O.M.I. Dobro and the Santa Cruz Guitar Co. before founding Bear Creek Guitars in 1995, in Kula, Maui. He mainly makes Weissenborn Lap Steel Guitars but does do ordinary Guitars and Ukuleles in all scales from Soprano to Baritone too.

Mark Evans - MAE

Located on the big island of Hawaii, he has made Ukuleles, Tiple Ukuleles, Lili'u s, Guitars, and surfboards, but he started with making houses. He has a facebook page that he sells through, plus the the Hawi Gallery, and he is quite fond on etching.

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