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:
Pau Hana ‘Ukulele – ‘ukulele construction, mandolin restoration
and at this new section on this website:
Boston Balalaika Workshop (Perestroika) – detailed account of a balalaika reconstruction and other balalaika-related projects