Instrument Makers’ Exhibition

Pic:  Peter Coombe’s ‘194’, from his  all Australian timbers range.

Instrument Makers’ Exhibition 2019

We are proud to host one of the largest interactive hand made instrument exhibitions in Australia. Marvel at the beauty and craftsmanship that goes into creating your favourite instrument… This is no static exhibition; rather it is a vibrant and bustling hub of knowledge, information and the joy of creativity. You can chat to the makers and watch as some of the instruments are crafted before your very eyes in the marquee! The exhibition culminates in a special Australian Made & Played concert, featuring instruments from the exhibition played by a stellar lineup of both Australian and International performers. This exhibition is your perfect opportunity to purchase your next unique instrument.

Exhibition Times

Sat & Sun 10.00am – 5.00pm
Mon 10.00am – 1.00pm
at the Instrument Makers’ Marquee, main arena.

The Makers’ Made & Played Concert
This intimate, blackboard style concert showcases our makers’ unique instruments from the exhibition played by a stellar line-up from our festival performers.

Exhibitors 2019:

(Keep checking back – more will be added!)

Craig Szabadics

Szabadics Guitars began in 2007, with the goal of creating quality instruments with pure tones and silky-smooth playability. Inspired by outstanding guitars and ukuleles from the middle of last century, the look and construction of these instruments is mostly traditional. Only high quality tone woods and components are used throughout.

Declan Bartlett

Bodhran, Percussion
Declan started his musical journey making tippers (Irish drumsticks) in his fathers workshop when he was just ten. Since then, Declan has furthered and broadened his career in music and instrument making with a Bachelor of Music from UWS , has been a member of Lithgow Highland Pipe Band, various rock bands and proudly supports the folk scene in the Blue Mountains as a performing percussionist. As well as that, he regularly travels up and down the eastern seaboard of Australia attending instrument making exhibitions at major music festivals. There will be plenty of bodhrans and tippers to try at this years Port Fairy festival.
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Erle Bartlett

Erle Bartlett has been involved in instrument making for over 20 years. Erle’s popularly acclaimed Syn whistles will again be on display at the Festival.
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Hyde & Clay

Tarek Sawires, Egyptian born percussionist, migrated to Australia in 1983. He pursued his musical career while majoring in ceramics and sculpture at Sydney College of the Arts. During this time at college, he explored the idea of drums and sound and combined the art of playing music with his ability to create unique instruments and sounds. Each drum is individually made, having its own tone achieved simply by changing its shape and by using different types of skin. Tarek’s pottery is beautifully crafted with an earthy and raw finish. When not at the wheel Tarek performs at festivals, community and social events and runs drumming workshops and Egyptian tabla courses.

Jack Spira

Guitar, Bouzouki
Jack Spira is a Melbourne-based luthier of over 20 years experience. Originally trained in London, Jack has worked in Australia since 1991. His focus has always been on steel strung instruments including guitar cittern, octave mandolin and mandolin. Nearly all his work is made to order, however he usually finds the time to make something special available for the Festival.

Peter Coombe

Guitar, Mandolin, Mandola
Peter Coombe is based in Bega NSW, and has been making instruments of the mandolin family since 1994. He began making guitars in 2010. Many of his mandolins and mandolas have been exported to the USA and Europe. He uses Australian native as well as traditional imported timbers, and has written articles about the use of Australian native timbers in mandolins.

 Woodskin Cajón™

Woodskin™ has significantly advanced the traditional cajon, extending it’s use in a wide variety of musical genres. With patented built-in pedal kick drum, switchable snare, tone and depth controls it offers versatility and a uniquely crisp and powerful sound. Additional to traditional hand playing, Woodskin’s™ KiKBox® Cajon employs foot pedals to generate the rich bass, snare and tom sounds it is renowned for. Woodskin’s™ KiKBox® is used by professional musicians of all types, from percussionists to guitarists, the world over.