I first met Kevin Parsons about 10 years ago, to ask if he would make me a ukulele like the one that he made for George Welch, a curvy little thing with a heart-shaped sound hole. The ukulele, not George.
He was very busy and told me it would not be ready until the end of the year. It was well worth the wait.
That timing was lucky for me because Kevin retired not long afterwards. However, he can’t seem to stop himself making and mending things. And experimenting. He no longer takes commissions but makes for his own interest and occasionally puts something up for sale. He also likes “rescuing” good instruments that have been badly damaged.
Kevin’s workshop is not far away so I would pop in from time to time to annoy him.
Sometimes he would let me take photos of things he was building, so I could share them with other ukulele-porn addicts.
Then about a year ago he agreed to let me photograph and video his rebuilding of a Venezuelan cuatro.
More recently, he started building a pair steel of string Baritone Resonator Ukuleles, to compare different designs, so I whipped out my camera-phone again!
Kevin has not got a website and does not want one, so he suggested that I post the photos and videos here on my blog.
As well as the 2017 Cuatro Rebuild and the current Baritone Resonators Project, there are other photos and videos to be added, eg. a blog post in the pipeline about a rather lovely and very interesting bass guitar that Kevin made for me.
My thanks to Kevin for being so generous with his time, for sharing his knowledge and skills and putting up with me invading his workshop.
For updates, check out blog posts in the Category “Kevin Parsons Makes and Mends”.
The first two projects, video and photos:
- rebuild of a Venezuelan Cuatro (2017)
- parallel progress on two different designs for steel-string Baritone Resonator Ukuleles (2018)
There will also be some videos in this YouTube playlist that have not made it into the blog:
18 Feb 2018