Pete Howlett Ukulele
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Me and My Health

As many of you might already know, I have been diagnosed as having Parkinson's Disease. Parkinson's is a progressive disease which is caused by a lack of dopamine - this causes me to do things slower than I have been previously able to, and creates physical symptoms such as tremors and non-physical symptoms such as depression. 
However, the rate the illness progresses varies from person to person and although there is no cure, there are treatments available to slow it down. These range from drugs to physical therapy, from a strict diet to creative therapies and the power of positive thought. As a Christian my faith in God puts this new challenge into perspective for me and helps me face it.
My years of ukulele-building personally are limited, but I have set myself two challenges. Firstly to complete 1000 ukuleles. At present, I am up to about 702. Secondly, to pass on my knowledge and experience to those who want to learn how to build high quality luthier instruments. 
To help with both goals, I have a graduate luthier working with me, Tommy Ziegenspeck who worked as an intern last year for 4 months. He has a specific skill set and attitude that are a perfect fit for my business. I will continue to be be hands-on for as long as I can, and will be running my famous International Ukulele Building School  for even longer!
If you would like to know more about Parkinson's Disease and it's effects, please visit the Parkinson's UK Website.
In the meanwhile I would like to thank those of you who have contacted me with your best wishes - my heartfelt thanks go out to you.

Pete Howlett Tenor Ukulele