My Instruments have carved and graduated tops and backs with steam bent sides. Solid woods are used throughout. Necks are reinforced with Carbon Fibre Bar rather that the traditional Truss rod.


I try to use native and reclaimed wood where possible. Some of the woods I have used are not often used in Mandolin construction.

Top wood:

Spruce – Sitka and European. This is wood that has to be imported. As far as I am aware, there is no UK grown Spruce suitable for instruments.

Red wood – imported fron the US.

Douglas Fir- not often used but I salvaged some old rafters from a skip after building work on a neighbour’s house. This is over 100 years old, with a very tight grain. I have made a 3 piece top using this, with good results.

Woods used for backs, sides and necks:

Mahogany – from old pianos, table tops and drawer fronts.

Sycamore – a member of the Maple family, grown in the UK and used by Violin makers.

Yew – Rarely used. From a log planked by my Dad about 45 years ago.

Elm – Rarely used. From local sources and from a reclaimed stair tread.

Birch – From old drawer fronts.

Ebony – I have puchased this for use on finger boards but am now trying to use Yew and Elm which result in a less traditional looking Mandolin. I also use Ebony, reclaimed from an old swing door handle, for bridges and tuner buttons.

Bridges, Tailpieces and Tuners.

I make my own bridges which are one piece and not adjustable. I find that once the mandolin is set up and has settled down, adjustment is not required.

I have recently started making tailpieces to my own design from brass with a wooden cover.

Tuners. I have, to date, used the basic Gotoh tuners which i find work well.