My name is Neal Carey and yes, I am an amateur instrument maker (a luthier) and woodworker. I dabble in instrument building and restoration as well as occasional furniture construction, repairs and restoration, and sometimes even home improvements.
You can see examples of my work on this blog, here:
The Harpsichord Project – building a 1640 Andreas Ruckers harpsichord
Pau Hana ‘Ukulele – ‘ukulele construction, mandolin restoration
and at this section on this website (now part of this blog):
Boston Balalaika Workshop (Perestroika) – detailed account of a balalaika reconstruction and other balalaika-related projects