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Left-handed complement?

I made a custom guitar for Jake Carlon in Pullman WA. Jake came to Blaine last summer to meet me and look at my shop and some of my woods. He expressed a couple of preferences then. First and most … Continue reading

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The passing of Jose Luis Romanillos

I met Jose Romanillos in 1996 at a meeting of the Guild of American Luthiers in Tacoma. I was immediately intrigued with his approach to making guitars. In particular, the way he worked the top with a wooden plane, and … Continue reading

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Support your local guitar support

I regularly visit a guitar bulletin board: the Delcamp Classical Guitar forum . Another member of the forum, Amy Gaudia, has made a guitar support that is getting great reviews. It’s called Amy’s Handmade Guitar Support. (Click the link!) https://www.etsy.com/listing/729731575/amys-handmade-guitar-support … Continue reading

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I don’t have popup windows…

I hope that’s true. If you ever see them on my blog, please let me know. When I visit websites nowadays I’m immediately bombarded with a popup window, asking me if I want to subscribe, or be notified of every … Continue reading

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Rich Rorex visit and video

Rich and his friend Karen Ruth Foster Erickson, came to visit the workshop this fall. She is a videographer, so… I’m the guy who talks a lot. 🙂 Find Rich Rorex at https://www.richrorex.com/

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Recordings from Ian Hill

Ian came to Blaine in 2014 to pick up his guitar, then he took it back to Vancouver. I attended a recital in which he played it. He posted a video. That’s Ian on the right, Saul Domingo Morales on … Continue reading

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Cedar top, 640 scale length, cut-away

Here is a quite nice instrument. Very easy to play. I wrote about it before on this blog. It is a sibling of the one I built for Pedro Cortes in 2019. It has been here all that time. I … Continue reading

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A Post-Covid concert invite to Lummi Island

Earlier this month I got a call from Eric Warner at Pacific Rim Tonewoods. (PRT) Eric wanted me to invite me to a concert that Miroslav Tadic was going to perform that evening. PRT has been involved in a project … Continue reading

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Anna Pietrzak plays six small cupcakes

Seis Brevidades by Sérgio Assad “The Seis Brevidades were written partially in Chicago and in Paris during 2008 and were dedicated to Odair Assad, a great guitarist and brother of Sérgio. Each of this short composition is very different in … Continue reading

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Brazilian Rosewood takes over the shop so I can find the set I want.

Sometimes I just get out all my sets of rosewood and play with them… Sometimes I’m looking for specific attributes, size, color, figure. Today I pulled every set out and matched some backs and sides. Today I found a set … Continue reading

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