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Sean Ash Mandolins Soprano Ukulele
Sean Ash 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.

Christophe Chabaud - Wildwood

From Etampes, France. He learned the art of luthiery around 1995, starting with Violins but over the years has made other instruments like Guitars and Mandolins, then in 2008 he discovered the Ukulele. Since then he has concentrated only on the Ukulele and makes a number of models including a homage to the early Hawaiian 12 fret Ukuleles and Martin copies. He also repairs and sells other Ukuleles
This Wildwood is nothing to do with the US luthier Jake Wildwood of Annabel Instruments or the Australian luthier Nick Carpenter who also uses the brand name Wildwood

Sean Ash - Ash Mandolins

As the name implies he makes mainly Mandolins but he has made, and does include Soprano Ukuleles on his website, (he also says he makes Ukulele kits?). He is largely self taught and started making instruments in 2007. He runs a workshop in both Manchester and London, England

Steve Caldwell - Weasel Wharf

Weasel Wharf was the brand name used by Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire luthier Steve Caldwell. I think the name came from the fact his workshop was on an old canal wharf? As of late 2012 he says he has ceased production as he could not make a living from luthiery, though he has made one since as a memorial to June Lilian Bearpark

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