21st c. Luthiers from Australasia click for more

In being on the lookout 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.

Alan Chappelow - Firetail

Based in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia he has been making Ukuleles since before 2014. He makes Concert and Tenor scale models as standard, using a variety of local and imported woods, (though he does seem to prefer to use local woods where he can), but he has made a Soprano and will make others if asked. The sound boards are usually spruce or something similar with a number of different woods for the backs and sides, and necks. One wood he is fond for though is ringed gidgee from Western Australia for the fretboards and bridge.

Mike Hawkey

From, Auckland, New Zealand he is not a luthier but has a photography blog where he, amongst other things, put photos and information on the woodworking projects he has done. A number of these include Ukuleles, cigar box Ukuleles and Tahitian Banjos (or Ukuleles if you prefer) I don't think he makes instruments for sale but you can download some plans

Phil Carson-Crickmore

Based in Melbourne, Australia he opened his own workshop in 1980 having first apprenticed in cabinet making and then luthiery. He makes mainly Guitars but also includes Soprano, Concert and Tenor Ukuleles in his catalogue. He does build on spec but also takes commissions, he also runs a number of guitar making courses at his workshop

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