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Traditional and contemporary stringed instruments

crafted in Northumberland


Gallery pages

The photos on the gallery pages show a selection of the instruments we have made as Small Strings.

At the bottom of the page you can also see a few photos of instruments made by Mark pre-Small Strings.

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‘Lindis’ viola - Celtic horse's head scroll. Inlaid fingerboard. Maple back with contrasting rosewood sides. Clear oil varnish.

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'Lindis fiddle - Celtic horse's head scroll. Flamed maple back with contrasting rosewood sides. Clear oil varnish.

 

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Maple carved mandolin (A style)

Spruce top, maple back and sides, walnut trim.

French polished pearl inlay headstock. Relic brass machine heads and tailpiece.

Gloss finish

 

  

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 Walnut and sitka spruce flat-top mandolin

 

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Rosewood carved-top mandola.

If you'd like to know more about this instrument and hear it in action, click here to watch a video.

 

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Carved maple mandolin (A5 style) with tobacco sunburst finish.

 

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Rosewood flat-top mandolin with inlaid fingerboard and soundport.

 

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Cornerless Folk fiddle, based on Austrian Tyrolean instruments.

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Three mandolins

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Side view, carved mandolin

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                Original design tailpiece                                     Two flat-top mandolins

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Octave mandolin side view - walnut              Custom-made Selmer-style ukulele

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‘Kelso’ guitar                                                              Walnut back, Doughboy mandolin

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Headstock, Selmer style guitar (old style inlay)                  Parlour guitar (00 model)

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Boxwood with ebony fingerboard, five-string fiddle                      Top, 'Doughboy' mandolin

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Inlaid back, bouzouki                                              Detail, bouzouki

 

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End-pin inlay, folk fiddle                                            Headstock, bouzouki

 

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Back of cittern - walnut                                   Modern kit fiddle, detail

 

The instruments shown below are some of those made by Mark pre-Small Strings —

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