Oakwood Instruments is run by Martyn Banks and Gordon Hewson. Martyn trained as a designer. His final year project, on the hurdy-gurdy, led him to an instrument- making career. After working with an organ-maker, he began making harps. In 1979 he met Gordon, who had accumulated a varied range of skills from upholstery and leatherwork to furniture and motorbike restoration, before turning to lutherie. They make their instruments by hand in a small workshop in Oakwood, Leeds and offer a full range of acoustic and electric instuments including: mandolins, mandolas, banjos, bouzoukis, citterns, guitars, harps and dulcimers.
Source: Oakwood Instruments website (18 September 2018)