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Bytown Ukuleles began as a creative collaboration between two Ottawa-based artisans, Mark Rogers and Joel Jacques, who share an enthusiasm for all things ukulele. Using traditional luthier techniques, we have built unique, custom instruments using a variety of local, exotic and found woods. We designed and created instruments which explored the visual and sonic possibilities of the small but mighty ukulele.
Mark now spends his time fulfilling orders from the Bytown Instruments website for Mainland Ukes, Romero Creations, Magic Fluke as well as parts and accessories. He is also operating the website "Fleur de Lyre Music", a Canadian source for harp music, parts and accessories. He is also busy with uke and harp maintenance and repair. When time permits, he occasionally gets some bench time to builld some ukes and/or harps.
Mark, along with his wife Susan, also organize and run the hugely successful Bytown Ukulele Group.
Joel now spends his time teaching in his business UkeBox Lessons and leading the monthly UkeBox Pub Night Jams.