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    I'm sure this has been discussed before, but other than Pava and Gail Hester, are there any other women building mandolins?

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    Looks like Peggy White was building flat top mandolins: https://www.peggywhite.ca/#models
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    If Maegen Wells and Peggy White’s guitars are any indication, their mandolins should be exceptional.

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    Maegan builds amazing instruments. I've played two of her mandolins and they really sound great and are spectacularly crafted. Peghead Nation did a nice feature interview on video with her a few years ago worth watching. Last time I visited with her at the NAMM Show in Anaheim she was contemplating building an F mandolin but I have no idea if that every happened.

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    J.J. Ryan Mandolins, in Glasgow, Scotland.

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    I know that John Sullivan's wife Patty was involved in the building process. She did the varnish and french polish on the Sullivan F5 I used to own. It was the mandolin called "G. Hodge" and the finish was beautiful. It's the mandolin in my profile photo.
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    Lauri Girouard does all the finish work on the Girouard mandolins.
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    Clarinda - whose last name I canít make out on her website - builds prolifically. Iíve heard good things. Custom F-5s for around 1000 bucks! https://www.clarindasmusic.com/page6.html
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    There's a few women on the team in Tom Ellis's shop besides Pava.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian560 View Post
    this is neat, scroll down for the video, watch her build a mandolin. plays better without the english translation on my computer(translation slows it down).

    https://bruni-jacob.de/bruni-jacob/u...b%2Fueber-mich

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    There was a thread not long ago about Lyn Hardy's guitar shaped octave mandolins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian B View Post
    Clarinda - whose last name I canít make out on her website - builds prolifically.
    Clarinda Harvey, judging by her email.
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    Meredith Coloma from Canada definately builds mandos.
    Erin Patterson from the USA (might have switched to just guitars now).
    Sandi Harris from the UK builds baroque mandolins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jill McAuley View Post
    I met Maegen at the Woodstock Invitational a few years ago. She said she had built a mandolin but didn't have one with her. Her guitars are very nice. I don't know how many mandolins she has built.
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    Debra Amesqua, a former fire chief, builds beautiful instruments. I don't think she has her own webpage, but here's one of her instruments.

    http://jettinstruments.com/amesqua-f5.html

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    Wow, Mark, that is gorgeous!
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