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Joe Heindal Tenor
Joe Heindal Tenor
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.

Chris Yonker - Black Kat

Based in Palos Heights, Illinois he is a furniture maker and restorer by trade starting his own woodcraft company in 1999. In 2015 having become fond of playing the Ukulele he branched out into expanding his woodcraft enterprise to include the manufacture of Soprano, Concert and Tenor scale Ukuleles plus Superconcerts under the branding of Black Kat.He uses as much native North American wood as possible when making Ukuleles though usually The soundboards are made from either Quarter Sawn Mahogany or Sitka Spruce and where possible he also uses reclaimed woods. he mills all the wood in house and also makes his own Shellac for the finishes. All of his Ukuleles have a cat inlayed onto the headstock as a logo.

Dennis Kincheloe

From Kansas City, Missouri, he has been building instrument since 2011. I don't know much about him just that he builds flat top Guitars and Ukuleles, he is not a full time professional luthier and he uses the name Dekutree64 for all of his interest forums

Joe Heindal

He is based in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and has been making Ukuleles, Guitars, Mandolins and other chordophones since before 2011. He started out learning the skills for luthiery in 2007 from Rob Unger and has gone on with what he has learned to start as a full time builder with his own workshop. He makes all the standard scales of Ukulele and also offers Uke Basses; he can also do archtops too.

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