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Torrefied Wood

I’m currently building an instrument for John Ryan in Dublin. John is a real gent and a great player and has had a number of my instruments over the years. About a year ago he bought the prototype Black Edition SBB I built as part of a development...

Tweaking Benji Kirkpatrick’s electric bouzouki

Now that we all seem to be over the worst of the pandemic, and things are starting to get back to normal, Benji Kirkpatrick came over to the workshop for a socially distanced visit and to bring his electric bouzouki over for a few tweaks. This...

A new bouzouki for Manus Lunny (continued)

I finished and strung up Manus’s new custom bouzouki a couple of weeks ago now. Well, I’m very happy with how it’s sounding, clear and punchy with a lovely clarity in the top end and a fullness and warmth in the mids and bass. This bouzouki was...

A new bouzouki for Manus Lunny

Manus got in touch a while ago to ask me to build him a new buzouki. The LBB I built for him over 20 years ago has had a very hard life after years of touring with Capercaillie and too many arguments with airport baggage handlers around the world....

Seanie McGrath gets his SBB back!!

I think it’s fair to say that Seanie has had many bouzoukis over the years and all of them really nice instruments from top makers. It’s also not wrong to say that Seanie has quite a rapid turnover of said bouzoukis! As was the case with an SBB he...

A new Prototype Bouzouki

Most of my time in the workshop is spent building instruments for customers, so finding the time to develop designs and new instruments can be difficult. About a year ago I blocked out a couple of months to do just this. So during September and...