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Paul Kraus Concert
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.

Paul Kraus - North Pacific

Based in Fort Bragg, California, where he has a shop. He is very much a jack of all trades making surfboards and other beach paraphernalia as well as Ukuleles. He worked as a special effects model maker in Hollywood until 1990 when he gave it up to "retire" and surf in Northern California He makes Soprano, Concert Tenor and Baritone Ukulele in a variety of woods, (though I have never seen a Baritone), and he has also made a documentary on the Ukulele, (so he hasn't completely retired from the film industry)

Pat Barron - Tiki King

Pat Barron started providing the world with "Tiki stuff" in 1994 at his shop, Ukuleles of Felton, (California), and the stuff includes Ukuleles, some of which he makes himself. Most of the Ukuleles I have seen that he made have been Sopranos or Concerts with some of them having unusual body shapes and he also does designs for others, like MFC

Stephen Wishnevsky - Wishnevsky String Instruments

From Salem, North Carolina, he started making Instruments in 1973 and had a stint working for Ovation. He makes all sorts of Chordophones, though I've never seen a Ukulele, and in 2013 he started making Banjoleles as part of the catalogue. A lot of his output though has a scale length of about 56cm, (22 inches), and though he describes it variously as a Tenor guitar or a 4 string Mandola, even a Resonator Banjo it is a fairly wide neck and could easily be tuned and played as a large Baritone.

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