Dan Pudelko founded Fiddlestix in 1999 in Washington State. Dan started doing odd jobs in the Puget Sound area where he found his passion for collecting beautiful woods from trees that would have been turned into firewood or compost. He has collected numbers species from hemlock to wild cherry and broadleaf maples.
Dan started working with wood building picture frames, rocking chairs and custom designed landscaping projects. 2 years ago he was given a refurbishing project on an old German violin which sparked his interest in building replicas out of reclaimed and repurposed woods in his collection. After completing his first violin he wanted to try his craftsmanship with ukuleles.
He has now built a variety of ukuleles with unique woods, inlays out of hand crafted antlers and abalone. Dan’s passion is not only in building unique, beautiful instruments but to use repurposed and salvaged items from Montana and Washington.
This website is going to be under construction for the next few months as we expand our gallery, add a portfolio of woods as well as Dan’s other projects.
Please visit for updates or add yourself to our email list for updates as they come out.