Pete Murphy is a carpenter, and a darn good one at that. But he has another talent when it comes to working with wood, and that's making custom ukuleles and guitars. A luthier is someone "who makes or repairs string instruments generally consisting of a neck and a sound box", so I guess that's what you can call him.
He lives surrounded by bush in Woodend in the Macedon Ranges, and is in the middle of plans to build himself a bespoke studio/workspace to house all his tools and materials - so when I visited
him, he was making do with a temporary space (oh, and a broken wrist thanks to a little mountain biking accident the week before). He not only works exclusively with wood, but can also build these brilliant instruments out of old biscuit tins and vintage fuel tins. Every piece is custom made, and finished completely by hand (even if he's recently upgraded to a neat little steamer that helps with the process of bending the wood for the sides of the instrument instead of his original method of heating up metal rods to curve the wood).