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Dan Uke
09-18-2011, 08:22 PM
Rick

Out of the hundreds that you've mentored and left, who's work are you most impressed with? I am talking only about Ukulele Build.

Rick Turner
09-19-2011, 03:52 AM
Well, #1 would be Jake Maclay who is still with me, but also builds on his own as Hive Ukuleles. Kind of a trick question, because he's also the only protege who builds ukes unless some of my former students have gone on to make more! That said, Jake is an utterly fantastic builder.

The field opens up considerably if you're talking guitars, basses, etc., and there I'd have to put in a good word for Bill Asher who specializes in lap steels. Electric builder Scott Walker also has worked for me off and on, and he's very good. Then there are Frank Fuller and Larry Robinson from my Alembic days. Larry is, of course, one of the very best inlay artists in the world now.

One of the hardest things that I see luthiers tackle is selling their work. Some of the best craftspeople just don't have the knack or can't handle the huge cut you have to take when selling wholesale. It's a real dilemma, and it makes or breaks independent careers more surely than the issue of craftsmanship.

maclay
09-19-2011, 05:34 AM
Thanks Boss.

Well, #1 would be Jake Maclay who is still with me, but also builds on his own as Hive Ukuleles. Kind of a trick question, because he's also the only protege who builds ukes unless some of my former students have gone on to make more! That said, Jake is an utterly fantastic builder.

Working for Rick at his shop has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. As a learning environment, his shop is unparalleled. The flexibility, the cross-training.....its amazing. Thank you Rick!

Dan Uke
09-21-2011, 11:54 AM
Kudos to both!! How many mentors allow the protege to sell separately while still working under him? Typically, the "apprentice" learns the tools of the trade and ventures off...I'm really impressed