21st c. Luthiers from Australasia click for more

Graham McDonald prototype Soprano Ukulele
Graham McDonald Soprano
In being on the look out for nice Ukuleles I see the work of a number of full and part time luthiers. The Ukuleles and other instruments they make look very nice and worthy of note.

Allen McFarlen - Barron River Guitars

from Queensland Australia, he started making instruments in 2007 and though largely self taught he did work with, and learn from, David Hurd and Rick Turner. He also periodically teaches courses for people to learn to make a Pineapple Ukulele in conjunction with Michael Connor of Localele

Graham McDonald

Based in Jamison, ACT, Australia, he started making Bouzoukis in the early 1980's, later expanding his repertoire to all members of the Mandolin family and Handanged Fiddles; he has published books on Mandolin and Bouzouki luthiery.in 2014 after being asked by friends to make a Ukulele he has expansed his catalogue to include Soprano and Concert Ukuleles made of local Ausrralian woods.

Michael Connor - Localele

From NSW Australia. He picked the name Localele because he likes, wherever possible, to use local materials to make the Ukuleles. In addition to making Ukuleles, (his speciality is long neck pineapples), he makes surfboards, but he doesn't make any other musical instruments. He also teaches "how to make a Pineapple Ukulele " classes with Allen McFarlen of Barron River Guitars

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