Tukituki Instruments was formed 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, be it tuning and maintenance, learning how to play, or how to make their own.

I am based in both Hawke’s Bay, NZ.  Feel free to come by the workshop and have a play on the instruments, 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.

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 variations in 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.

For more information about the Cajón, click here.