Slumco on Facebook – only because it’s expected. Not really much to see here. Move along now.

Influences – this is what inspires me to do all this. Along with some of the links further down the page, also.


Blue Stone Folk School – Geoff Davis usually has done some building classes and workshops. I built a soprano at one of his classes. He’s good people.

Musical Instrument Maker’s Forum – some plans for sale, and an excellent (and generally polite) forum. Tons of information in discussions and archives. This site really inspired me to start building, and helps to keep me going.

DaSilva Ukulele Co. – One of my favorite independent builders, along with Dave Talsma, Joel Eckhaus, and Dave Means (check those guys out as well.) He’s got some building videos in addition to fantastic instruments, including reproductions of old ukuleles. And a cool hat.

Amanda Shelley, a storyteller I know.

Ukulele Construction – various sites that have pictures and stuff.

Kathy Matsushita’s Amateur Luthier site – Good stuff here. Mostly guitars, but she’s also done a few ukes.

Kawika’s Site Map – lots of good technical data stuff about good ukes, although no longer producing instruments.

Steve Miklos – Excellent photo documentation of building one of the Stew-Mac uke kits. Also has info (with photos) on dulcimer and guitar building.

Al McWhorter built a concert uke and liked it so much he moved to Oregon and now builds commercially. The photo documentation of his first build is still at his site.

Thomas Snape‘s uke construction. He’s got several to look at.

Hana Lima ‘Ia – parts, kits, plans, classes. The supplies for my first tenor came from them, and I’ve ordered tuners and things since then.

Guild of American Luthiers – including Martin tenor uke plan.

Stewart-MacDonald – lutherie supplies.

Luthiers Mercantile International – more lutherie supplies.

‘Ukuleles (construction) – looks like step by step documentation of someone’s class. Don’t know much about it, but it has pictures.

Players and Musicians

James Hill – maybe Jake Shimabukuro gets more exposure and is flashier, but I’d rather listen to James.

Pops Bayless and Shorty Long – Former Asylum Street Spanker and part of Shorty Long, he’s pretty busy. He did an interview here.

Jonathan Coulton, Paul and Storm, the Doubleclicks, Molly Lewis – for various reasons.