We are honored to feature the fine Koa ukulele by Hawaii luthiers Tomas Braverman and Keith Maile.
Tomas Braverman creates tenor ukulele in the island of Kauai. Each instrument is made by hand using curly Koa. Tomas selects each piece of Koa for its beauty and character, positioning it on the instrument to highlight its natural beauty. Veneers for the bridge, bindings, fretboard, pegs and headstock are carefully chosen to create instruments that are both pleasing to play and view. Tomas is educated in Spain, Portugal, and Japan where he learned the Renaissance and Baroque traditions of furniture making, wood carvings and bronze sculptures. After moving to Hawaii in 1993, Tomas continued to create some furniture but begin focus on ukulele, reflecting Hawaii’s rich cultural heritage.
Keith Maile creates beautiful tenor ukulele in Hawaii. He began pursuing the part of ukulele making several years ago under the mentorship of fine luthiers such as Joe Souza, Dan Nakanishi, and Daniel Westphal. Keith’s ukulele has a sustained sound (5 seconds) and is tuned to a low-G, allowing for more bass. Keith puts 9 coats of gloss on each ukulele. The ukulele strings are close to the fret and sound board, making it easier to play. Keith uses bridge pins made of bone and Paua shell. Keith uses genuine Grovers tuning pegs.