As well as making completely custom instruments, I have a catalogue of standard models that can be made as-is or modified/added to.
A Spruce/Mahogany OOO-type guitar that gives excellent acoustic performance.
Acoustic/Electro-acoustic Hurdy Gurdies. Built to order. Beginners to Professionals catered for.
A sleek hourglass 4 string Dulcimer with a clean aesthetic. Solid walnut.
I built my first musical instrument when I was 12 years old — a hurdy gurdy made out of a cigar box.
Through my second instrument (a Mountain Dulcimer) I met renowned luthier John Bovey, who taught me many instrument making skills and remains a mentor today. I also gained a workshop full of excellent equipment from him, as he was in the process of retiring. John advised I study at the Totnes School of Guitarmaking, which I attended in 2011.
Since graduating in December 2011, I have carried out numerous repairs and added to the variety of instruments I build.
If you’re interested in having an instrument made or repaired, or just interested in instrument making, get in contact in whatever way you prefer, and we can discuss your requirements.
I play the Piano Accordion, Hurdy Gurdy and Mountain Dulcimer, as well as knowing the basics on Guitar and various other instruments. I used to play in HodgePig, and did all the recording on our debut album.
I primarily play folk and folk-rock from all over Europe, but I also enjoy experimenting with synthesised sounds. I make instruments suitable for use in any music.
My music can be found on YouTube and SoundCloud.
If you’re interested in my instruments, the best thing to do is to arrange to drop by and meet me.
I’m based in the rural town of Buckfastleigh, Devon, in the south-west of England.
Buckfastleigh is easy to find, just off the A38 in between Newton Abbot and Totnes, and about 30 minutes drive away from Exeter or Plymouth.
To order an instrument/repair, arrange a visit or just have a chat, here’s how to contact me:Barnaby John Walters, Luthier
I’m more likely to be able to answer the ‘phone if you ring between 5pm and 8pm GMT.
I usually respond to emails within a day.