Mandolin, OM and Bouzouki

Handmade, created 

with a unique shell back design for a 

deep sonic musical journey.

The Shell back is a perfect compliment to the mandolin (OM, Bouzouki)

Think bowl back. I have done many version with different scale lengths, string configuration, tunings, nut width, finishes and woods

There is two ways to get one of my instruments. One is keep an eye on the for sale page, there is also on that page works in progress that will be for sale eventually. The other is to pre order one and tell me what you would like.

You can also write to me and let me know you’re interested in seeing me build something.

Past builds. Click on the image to see and read more details.


Mandolin 2022 -sold

Mandolin/mandola 2023 -sold

Octave Mandolin 2021 -sold

Mandolin 2020 -sold

Octave Mandolin 2020 -sold

Bouzouki 2020 -sold

Octave Mandolin 2018 -sold

Mandolin Videos/ sound samples


I select all my woods carefully for each project. Thinking about how I want the grain to run for maximum strength to creating a symphony of wood tones and colours.

I buy most of my woods a Exotic Woods, a family run business that knows me well. They sometimes even have something put aside from me. I like one off special pieces. 

I can off some guidence on selecting woods for your instrument. Helping you achieve the best sound and look of your sonic sound sculpture.


Mi-Si -acoustic trio uke

The Mi-Si Acoustic Trio Uke system features an active, battery-free preamp designed specifically to work with the L.R. Baggs ukulele pickup.

“Well, I’m in awe.   More gorgeous than I imagined.   Really not sure what to even say at this point.   The workmanship is incredible, Ray.  You've truly created a piece of art here that I'm proud to own.  Not only visually but sonically as well.   Love the low end.  Hard to find a mandolin with that low end.   You've found it.  

We are going to spend the weekend getting to know each other.   I'm sure we each have our own idiosyncrasies.   I'll give you a full update on Monday.  “


Quote from Lynn Wolfe

“Low end is very good, even with the light strings.   I had a new set here and went ahead and installed those.   Think you have really figured out the low end. Maybe due to the cut at the top of the chamber and the hole in the end may play into that as well.  

The E string CUTS.  Can't believe how well that stands out.  That's something that has always been lacking in other mandolins.  Think it could be because of my failing hearing but yours really cuts. 

Great midrange as well.  Very balanced across the board.   Was having concerns about the A string but when it arrived teh bridge was a little skewed.  When I corrected that the A string sounds great now. 

Tail piece.   the overlay is beautiful.  I wouldn't want the instrument without it.  

Love the offset tuners 

Great balance on the instrument when strapped.   Doesn't have the headstock heavy attitude of traditional mandolins.   This is good.  

Markers 3, 7, 12.  Perfect.  Doesn't clutter the fretboard and the copper inlays on the side are great too.  That pine cone you are doing looks great too. 

Light weight.  I"m amazed how light you've gotten it. 

Used an endoscope to view the interior.  I see that top bracing.    Looks like the plates of the shell are self supporting.  Seems rock solid overall. 

the neck feels great in my hand.   You've nailed the profile of the neck.    Very smooth also running up and down the neck.   almost like a speed neck.  

Sounds very clear on double stops.  

Probably the easiest mandolin I've played yet for tremolo.  Just seems easier.  

Fretboard plays very easy.  I"m able to do things on this fretboard I can't accomplish on other fretboards.   Can play much faster and cleaner.  Not sure how you accomplished that.  

Very good percussion on the strings.  Especially 7,8,9 frets.  

Chop:  This is one drawback to this instrument.   Doesn't really have a good chop.  I'm ok with that though as this is intended for solo work and I don't ever see using this for rhythm with others.  

Action is just about perfect.   Very good for hammers and pull offs.  

Bridge:  is this hand carved?  Seems to be.  Works very well. “

Lynn Wolfe