And So It Begins

April 4, 2011

I recently blogged about how guitar making was not just a craft but also included some almost ‘mystical arts’. I forgot to mention that it also involved some flipping hard work!

I’m delighted to say that Luthier Dave White, having assembled and assessed all the pieces of wood and other materials for the guitar which he is building for me, has made a start. In three months’ time (or thereabouts) Sybil Iúr will be ready but, whilst the build goes on, Dave has promised to document the building process on his website.

From bits of wood to a hand-crafted musical instrument … watch the process as it unfolds here

and just look at the beauty of the Venetian cutaway already 🙂


I Don’t Do Craft, Me …

April 1, 2011

But, fortunately, the Luthier who’s building my new guitar, Dave White, doesn’t just do craft – he does it superbly.

And building a guitar isn’t just about glueing some bits of wood together and adding strings. It’s about bending wood to the right shape, individually siting and shaving the support struts on both the back and the inside top to make sure that they are placed not just where they can add strength to the build but also where they will bring out the best of the tonewoods on which they are sited. For that you don’t just need tools, you need artistry and a 6th sense.

Dave reckons it’ll take about 3 months to complete my Sybil Iúr which should give her a few weeks to ‘breathe’ before being handed over.

The thing is, all guitars start off as a collection of bits of wood and other stuff. In three months’ time, Dave will have crafted me a guitar. This is what he’s starting with:

Good luck Dave!