Hello! My name is Marco Todeschini and I am a luthier specialized in the ukulele making. Why this job? It’s a story full of serendipity and nice anecdotes.
Since I was a little kid my dad taught me how to build small wooden toys. While in high school I built my very first guitar and it was love at first sight: I discovered a passion that led me for the following years to build self-taught instruments and then to leave my job to attend a luthierie school.
Early attempts at my parents’ garage
I studied 4 years in Milan where I learnt lute and classical guitar traditional building methods. During my studies I happened to need a small instrument to fit in a hand-luggage to take to the United States, a present for my girlfriend who spent a year there. This is when I discovered the ukulele!
After the first one I made a second and a third one, to the point it became a drug and now I cannot stop! This is when Antica Ukuleleria was born.
Antica Ukuleleria is born
After my Diploma it was time to get out of the garage where I grew my dreams for 10 years. I started looking for a small workshop to settle and I got welcomed by Verona FabLab a fabrication laboratory where innovation has the shape of 3d printers, laser cutters and CNC routers. The combination of the traditional tecniques with the new technologies gave birth to something unexpected.
My workshop at Verona Fablab
Last day at Verona Fablab
In 2021 my wife Sonia and I moved to Corbiolo, a small village close to the Lessina Natural Park, near the mountains in the province of Verona. Here we live and work in our home-workshop.
Moving to our new home-workshop in the mountains.
Mauro – the cat – was already there to welcome us.