This was a great project to build something of a Bandolim/Mandolin hybrid. So what actually is the difference between the two? Well that is still very much up for discussion. But it was an excellent reason to delve into a world of music I knew little about. Truly an eye opener into the virtuosity that some of Brazil Bandolimists have to offer. Its now in the very safe hands of a musical pioneer in London and I for one am very much enjoying the music he is making with it.

A wider and deeper body than my usual mandolins with a cedar top for extra warmth, paired with a lovely set of European walnut. Keeping things local to the UK it has a Bog Oak fingerboard and peghead overlay. The extra course inspired by musical legend Hamilton de Holanda.

Bramley Apple Mandolin


This was my second time working with Bramley apple and it is fair to say it’s definitely growing on me.  For this build I was asked if it was possible to make a mandolin that reflects where the client is living currently in rural Oxfordshire, what better excuse to use this beautiful native species. Softer than some fruit woods the Bramley helps take the edge off some of the mandolins sharper tones .

I'm going to endeavor to get some more sound samples of instruments I build, so watch this space!