Tukituki Instruments was founded in February 2009 by me, Phill Jones. I believe in using the highest quality materials available, searching for ethical and appropriate sustainable sources for these materials, and skillfully crafting them into beautiful musical instruments. I like to keep in contact with my clients, helping them to make the most out of their instrument through tuning and maintenance, and learning how to play!
After living in Wellington and Australia building drums, I am now based back in Hawke’s Bay, NZ. Feel free to get in touch and let me know what you are searching for.
‘Tukituki’ comes from the name of the river and the road on which my family’s farm was situated in 2009 and for three generations before that. That is where I learned to work with timber, firstly with my grandfather, and later on my own while he watched on from the farmhouse. The first Cajón came out of his workshop, along with flutes, didgeridoos and a yurt! I carry the name Tukituki with pride, it reminds me of my roots, where i first played with timber, nails and a hammer, and where my family comes from. My workshop is currently situated on Tukituki Road, Haumoana, NZ.
I travelled through Spain several times while living in Europe in 2007/08, and was intrigued by the deep south. Andalusia. The dry heat, the mix of cultures over the centuries, and of course ‘Flamenco’. Rhythmic and expressive music encompassing Dancing, Singing, Clapping, and Guitar Playing, along with several modern variations incorporating percussion such as the Cajón and Castanets. I wanted to be involved in any way I could. It lead me back to an old passion of mine, instrument making.
Once I returned to New Zealand I decided to make it my mission to get into Guitar making. However, I started making a Cajón as a quick project to get back into woodworking. Once I started I realised it was more difficult than I had imagined! I remember my childhood neighbour, Pat Ward, a renowned Violin maker/repairer in Havelock North, Hawke’s Bay, and how he would spend so much time over small details in order to make instruments sing. Nowadays it is that focus, experience and care that I strive for with my instrument making. I look forward to building more types of musical instruments in the future, but for now the Cajón is where it’s at!
Since starting on this journey i’ve learned so much about myself and about doing business out in the world, my drums have taken me to many different places and i’ve met many amazing people. I have seen the instruments I have designed at Tukituki Instruments benefit many peoples lives and bring joyful music to everyone who has taken one home. I’ve seen professional musicians create stunningly skillful beats on my instruments, kids jamming with their friends in school yards, and music therapists use my cajón drums as musical tools to help their clients.
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