Banjos and Ukuleles Handmade in Hood River, OR.
Traditional craftsmanship, beautiful tone, domestic materials and a classic aesthetic. Easy playability and solid construction designed for professional stage use. A handmade instrument to bring you joy and spread the gift of music to your community.
The Beansprout, since 2007.
Aaron and Nicole Keim live in Hood River, OR with their son Henry, building instruments, playing music, writing books, making art and embracing a hands on life. Aaron started Beansprout in 2007 with Heidi and Rob Litke (Red Sands Ukulele) in Broomfield, CO. They made 100+ instruments before Aaron moved to OR to work for Mya-Moe Ukuleles in 2011. While at Mya-Moe, under the guidance of Gordon and Char Mayer, Aaron's building skills blossomed while he learned the importance of customer service and keeping a focused shop schedule. They gave Aaron the opportunity to work on the 2000+ instruments that Mya-Moe put over these years. In the meantime, Aaron developed an interest in domestic/local woods, vintage woodworking equipment and traditional hand woodworking techniques. Aaron and Nicole continue to perform and teach worldwide and publish books as The Quiet American. Nicole also makes art as Marmalade Creations.