Makers Gallery: Meet the makers

Alan Funk: White Swallow Banjos
White Swallow Banjos are made in my Adelaide home workshop, making all but, frets tuners strings & plastic heads. All metal & wooden parts are of my own design & make using brass & stainless steel for most parts. I don’t use bought in parts, I want my banjos to be truly Australian made. Styles include Jazz plectrum & tenor, bluegrass, ukulele banjos, banjo mandolin, Irish tenor, open back & 6 string guitar banjos.
Contact: Swallowbanjos35@hotmail.com, 0415 802 914.

Andy Rigby: Harps Made and Played
Andy Rigby has carved out a unique niche for himself in the world of music. He is one of Australia’s leading designers, makers, players and teachers of the harp. Andy also makes and plays flutes, whistles and marimbas. He teaches these instruments privately and at leading festivals in Australia.
Contact: http://www.andyrigby.net/, arharp2002@yahoo.com.au, 0400 865 229.

Greg McKinnon: Brookwood Guitars
There is one rule for cigar box guitars and that is “there ain’t no rules” So you build ‘em how you like, string ‘em how you like and play ‘em how you like. I always try and use reclaimed timbers whenever possible. Australian hardwoods are my speciality. My guitars are three and four string, open tuned. Recently I have introduced a steampunk range. Contact: greg@brookwood.biz, 0417 306 720.

Jack Spira: Guitars, Bouzouki
Jack Spira is a London trained guitar maker of some 30 years’ experience. He specialises in steel string flat top guitars and related instruments such as tenor guitar and Irish bouzouki. Located in Boolarra, Gippsland Victoria.
Contact: http://www.jackspiraguitars.com, jack@jackspiraguitars.com, 0417 725 621.

Jamie Oakley – The Harp Dude: Harmonicas
For all your harmonica needs. Pre-war, Vintage & new custom harmonica featuring handmade Australian hardwood combs. Tremolo, Chromatic & Diatonic.
Contact: https://theharpdude.com, info@theharpdude.com, 0439 609 741.

Joe Gallacher: Guitars, mandolins, Irish Bouzoukis
Joe Gallacher has been building Guitars, Mandolins and Irish bouzoukis in Albury NSW from 1989.  Influenced by British and American builders he has developed his own sound of acoustic guitars. He puts a high emphasis on quality wood.  Some fine players worldwide play his instruments.
Contact: www.gallacherguitars.com, joegallacher@gmail.com, 0408 519 459,
(02) 60401735

Mark Aspland: Woodskin – Percussion instruments
Woodskin’s™ KiKBox® Cajon significantly advances the traditional cajon, extending its use to a wide variety of musical genres and players. With patented built-in pedal kick drum, switchable snare plus tone & depth controls it offers unparalleled versatility with a uniquely crisp and powerful sound.
Contact: www.woodskin.com, woodskin@bigpond.com, 0419 162 540.

Phil Carson-Crickmore: Guitars
Phil Carson Crickmore has been building fine hand-made guitars since 1979 and also establishing the Carson Crickmore School of Guitar Making in 1995. Now established in the central Victorian township of Castlemaine he continues in the pursuit of progressive Guitar making and teaching focusing on Steel string and Classical guitar. Contact: http://www.carson-crickmoreguitars.com.au/, pccguitars@gmail.com,
0412 098 924.

Ray Black: Banjos & Mandolins
A banjo or mandolin made by Ray Black is prized by musicians who have taken advantage of Ray’s forty years of experience and experimentation as a luthier. His 5 string and tenor banjos feature hardware fabricated and machined in his workshop. The mandolins are built using hand carved Adirondack Spruce tops with Red Maple sides, backs, and necks.Contact: fwcfarmer@yahoo.com, 0423 230 213.

Roderick Octigan: Guitars
Roderick is a boutique builder based in the East of Melbourne.  Each instrument he creates is crafted by hand with absolute attention to detail. Using both Australian and imported tone woods, he specialises in acoustic arch tops and caters for the discerning musician who is very particular in regards to the tone, responsiveness, feel and playability of the instrument. His commitment to both the aesthetic and sonic quality of each guitar, combined with his love of creating them, means hundreds of hours are spent on each instrument and only two or three are completed each year.
Contact: www.octiganguitars.com, info@octiganguitars.com, 0417 054 327.

Rodrigo Martin-Silva: Cajón & cajón hybrid instruments
Originally from Chile, Rodrigo has been making cajons and cajon-hybrid instruments for over 11 years.  Drummers and percussionist to some of Australia’s biggest names play his Cajons, and his brand RP is the most reputable Australian Made Cajon brand in the country. Contact: rodrigoandres2000@hotmail.com, 0422 802 211.

Tarek Sawires: Hyde and Clay – Darabukkah drums
Tarek Sawires, Egyptian born percussionist, migrated to Australia in 1983. Tarek’s ceramic drums are beautifully crafted with an earthy and raw finish. Each drum is individually made, each having its own tone achieved simply by changing the shape and by using different types of skin.
Contact: www.hydeandclay.com, tarek@hydeandclay.com, 0402 471 114.

Trevor Abraham: Chough Guitars
Chough Guitars are handcrafted stringed instruments designed and made by Trevor Abraham from his home and workshop in the small Victorian town of Buninyong. Every guitar is a unique one-off instrument handcrafted from aged recycled timbers. Trevor produces everything from wooden-bodied Banjos and 6 string Slide guitars to Tenor and Resonator guitars.
Contact: choughguitars.com, trevor.abraham@yahoo.com, 0423 980 081.

Trevor Phillips: Guitars, Banjos, Ukuleles
Trevor makes stringed instruments from a traditional foundation, making use of the freedom to experiment and modify afforded to the small custom builder, enjoying the treasury of local timbers available. He is a firm believer that Australian makers are writing their own chapter in the history of musical instruments, due to a mixture of cultural influences, combined with the unique, locally available timber species.
Contact: trevor@tpinstruments.com, 0431 201 799.