© 2019 Created by Alex Llumiquinga

During the last decade I developed new flute making techniques that I have applied to many others types of Andean flutes such as the sampoña (also known as a panflute) and the river cane flute.
I began to think seriously about making my own charango 5 years ago after getting inspired by a fellow luthier.  
I started reading and researching about the techniques of making this wonderful instrument.  My father bought me my first charango when I was 12 from a neighbor who was a musician and instrument maker.  It had the form of a panther carved on it.  I loved the instrument and I remember spending some time working in a nearby shop helping finish stringed instruments. Today I have my own workshop in which I spend part of every day working on my charangos.  This enables me to continue the connection to my past and inspires me to further my knowledge of this craft which brings joy to my family, my friends, and my community.