Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Owen Davies - UK

a very simple workshop, yet he produces high quality instruments, the big window is real treat for a luthier, i wish i had one like that in my workshop,

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

John Osthoff - US

Dovetailed joints in Guitar
this post is an exception to the rule, as for the topic here is not the workshop but the dovetailed technique that Osthoff uses in some of his guitars, this is the first time i have ever seen this on a guitar, so i thought it merrited a post in my blog, though the visual effect of this joint is not my favourite, a word on Osthoff's guitar, stunning, beautiful instruments, i would like see the workshop as well, thank

here is his website:

Kris Barnett - US

Kris writes in his blog about his moving to a new workshop, and there is one panoramic photo describing the space' here it is:
"With the new space I was able to buy a new drum sander which will make the double tops a whole lot easier to construct. The new space is about 300 square feet, which is not huge, but it is triple what I had before. I am going to start my first instrument in the new shop tomorrow. The new space will also allow me to start back on the armrests and finish a few projects that need to be completed. I am not sure if I will still make one instrument at a time, or whether I will build in pairs. I guess I will just have to wait and see. Here is a pic of the new shop. I couldn't get a complete 360 degree shot, but it is close enough. It is not 100% completed as I still need to have some friends come in and decorate for me. I want it to feel like a comfortable space that will inspire me. Right now it is simply too drab and boring for my tastes. We will see what they can do with it this weekend!"


Joel Stehr - US

"Making a guitar requires technical expertise and intuition; it is never merely a mathematical or scientific process. I build what feels right to me, allowing my senses and instincts to guide me to a finished instrument. The result is a source of pride for both the owner and me, the culmination of a shared vision that incorporates some of the best things in life into a custom guitar." Joel Stehr

Monday, June 25, 2012

Steve Connor - US

This video documentary is very surprising as there are some very close shots of the luthier working the wood, less shots of the workshop and its space, never the less one can feel the space through the video, i think Steve has done some interesting innovations in his guitar building design.
here is the video: "At The Heart Is The Guitar" made by "Skysabin".

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Paul Weaver - US

"Over the years I have deepened my understandings of tonewood, honed my handtool skills, and refined my process of handcrafting visually and acoustically beautiful classical guitars. To be ever learning, ever striving is my personal goal, and I am deeply grateful to pursue it through this traditional art, and to share it with you." Paul Weaver, Portland, Oregon

I find Paul Weaver very inspiring, as i also want to build my guitar exclusively with hand tools, ( at least i will try to), this video shows the talent of this Luthier, and also some nice shots of the workspace, have fun!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

Pedro Maldonado - Spain

Marco Maguolo - Italy

Vasilis Lazarides - Greece

I found the web site of this greek Luthier, i found his work and designs very interesting, i know this blog is about workshops, and not about the guitars, but the video on the main page is really well made, i wish to have a video like this done about me one day, here it is, enjoy!

here is the link:

Stephen Kakos - US

"Stephen Kakos has been building classical guitars full time since 1975. Kakos concentrates specifically on classical acoustics, although he has built a few flamenco guitars on request. His Standard Model has Indian rosewood back and sides, Engelmann spruce or cedar top, mahogany or Spanish cedar neck, Sloan cast bronze tuners, and a French Polish finish. In addition to guitar building, Kakos also performs repairs."

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Sergei de Jonge - Canada


Rich J. DiCarlo - US

"All of my Instruments are constructed with the exclusive use of hand tools.
Power tools are used only to bring the rough wood to working conditions.
I have nothing against the use of machinery(other than the noise) but I love the feel of an edge tool.. I also prefer to feel the wood as It's being worked." Rich J. DiCarlo

i ;like this photo, the workshop is small and packed with many tools and woods, shelves and tables, a very nice workshop imo.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Bastien Burlot - France

"Although my guitars are the result of an original and innovating building process, I mainly use manual tools in their construction. I also use small workshop machines for precision cutting (purflings, braces, etc.). My workshop is located in the historic village of Aubazine (Corrèze), at the heart of the Limousin region in France, between Brive-La-Gaillarde and Tulle. This village is fortunate to have a remarkable historical past with among other things a 12th century abbatial and monks' canal (1,5km along the hillside, feeding the abbatial with water) and Cistercian ruins. Surrounded by woods and meadows, it's the ideal place to work serenely on instrument building and to welcome you on appointment for the sampling of my various models."

Martin Blackwell - Canada

Martin Blackwell studied guitar building in Vancouver with noted luthier Michael Dunn, from whom he learned traditional hand building techniques originating in 19th century Spain. Blackwell's building style has refined itself into one that incorporates respect for tradition with an eye toward the future. His guitars have a consistent standard of excellence, found in their depth of tone, balance and playability. The practice of finely honed craftsmanship produces the finest instruments possible. Blackwell's yearly production is limited to a small number of beautifully made guitars.

René Baarslag - Spain

About René Baarslag

René Baarslag was born in Heerlen (The Netherlands) in 1948. He studied mechanical engeniering as well as classical and flamenco playing. This is the reason why he decided to go to Spain and finally settle in Granada to build guitars after becoming friends with Antonio Marin Montero who introduced him in the world of guitar building. During the years he gave courses about guitar construction (U.S.A ) and gave several lectures with expositions about this item. Developing his own ideas together with the traditional guitar construction made it possible to get very hight quality instruments. Since 1990 he lives and works in Lanjarón (Granada, Spain).