It’s a wood thang …

Some years ago my guitar teacher at the time ended our lesson by allowing me to play his brand new electric guitar as a treat. He brought out one of the most beautiful instruments I’d ever seen, a sort of sea blue, if I recall correctly, with a highly figured maple top. It was light, smooth, it felt and played like a dream. A special … Continue reading It’s a wood thang …

Bespoke bookcase in elm and bubinga ( not my punchiest heading) …

Finished at last after many interruptions. Designed for a specific space in the house which requires access through the middle section, which is why it is a slightly larger space than the other book areas, it is made from European Elm and Bubinga. A simple leaf inlay design was used to liven it a little with cutouts suggesting leaf shapes or edges. The inlay is … Continue reading Bespoke bookcase in elm and bubinga ( not my punchiest heading) …

At last….Danielle’s Guitar is done

I have been somewhat occupied of late, focusing on the long delayed completion of a guitar I started building a couple of years ago. Two full-time jobs and two house moves have, since beginning the project, slowed progress but, Danielle, the soon to be new owner of the guitar, has shown admirable patience and not cancelled the order. Rather, I should say, her father who is buying … Continue reading At last….Danielle’s Guitar is done

Oh, God of Luthiery, why hast thou forsaken me?

Up at 6.00 am yesterday and straight into my workshop to begin the sprint finish on Danielle’s guitar. The tape is in the distance. The adoring crowd is cheering. At 3.00 pm I flipped the guitar onto its side to carefully cut a scalpel line along the masking of the neck in order to ease it away from the polished lacquer. I didn’t notice that … Continue reading Oh, God of Luthiery, why hast thou forsaken me?

The Office………

Some years ago I embarked upon a new career as a guitar builder. However, whilst every good intention was there my new career kept being interrupted by long spells at my old one. It did, after all, pay regularly. Oh, how I became the butt of cutting jokes….”I’d order a guitar from Al but I might die before it arrives”…..being a particular favourite of many. And so, … Continue reading The Office………