What's New Archive

June 2007

It’s done, after many attempts, the complete redesign of my web site. Thanks to Richard Wegner of Fresh Image who did all the work and kept at me to provide him with new copy and pictures and so the new site is finally completed.

This page should be updated by me regularly, but in the past I’ve been pretty tardy about it, sometimes taking years between updates. I’ll promise to do better this time. However there are some bits of my musings in former updates that are actually pretty good at explaining my work and building philosophy and we have created an Archive for those.

From July 6th to 9th I will be participating again in the Montreal Guitar Show, an event that’s part of the Jazz Festival. I’ll be exhibiting my instruments as well as conducting two workshops on aspects of guitar making.

Right now I’m still working on the completion of the instruments for the show. In a way they are dream guitars, instruments with features or wood selections that I have always wanted to build but didn’t have the orders for.

A Concert Cutaway, with an armrest bevel, in Cocobolo back and sides and a Sitka spruce top. Very select Cocobolo that I sliced from the same plank so the back and sides are a prefect match. A striking deep red, it’s very straight grained and quarter cut, the exposed medullary rays give the wood an extra sparkle. The Sitka top is also perfectly quarter cut, with slightly wavy grain that give it a nearly quilted effect. With the dark Macassar ebony bindings it will be a very striking instrument.

A classical, custom cutawayA Classical custom cutaway built with the Jazz guitarist in mind. A few years back I built a similar instrument for the Toronto guitarist Brian Katz, developed that special cutaway shape for him. It allows the thumb position to stay under the fingers even at the 18th fret, giving a more secure finger placement when playing in those high positions. Built with dark red Brazilian rosewood and a cedar top it will also have a built in b-band pick-up for natural sound reinforcement.

I’m not sure about the other instruments I’ll exhibit, definitely my newest Archtop guitar with a 16 ¼” lower bout in highly figured Big Leaf Maple with a Sitka spruce top and most likely another classical guitar.

 

Montreal Guitar Show, Lectures and Workshops

I’m scheduled to conduct 2 workshops:

July 6 at 2:00 PM
Custom Design and Building
The interaction between luthier and musician and the steps involved from the initial idea to design and building of a custom “One Off” guitar.

July 8 at 2:00 PM.
Traditional Building Techniques, a low-tech approach to guitar-making.
How the use of hand tools and traditional methods allows for more artistry and greater flexibility in building. Creating unique instruments of harmonious integrity 

July 7 at 6:30 PM

Jason Fowler Concert at the Montreal Guitar Show

As part of a series of showcase concerts at exhibition site, Toronto guitarist extraordinaire Jason Fowler will play an acoustic concert on his Graf Cutaway and maybe test drive some of my new guitars.