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News

May 2017

I have just finished my first lattice-braced classical using my radial body shape. I'm very pleased with it. It has the power of a lattice-braced guitar whilst retaining the warmth and woodiness associated with traditional instruments.

April 2015

I have acquired some 3,500 year-old bog oak which I'm currently building a Pavion Sweep guitar with. It is a beautiful wood and has a promising tap tone. I will be showing this instrument at The Holy Grail Guitar Show in Berlin on October 31st/November 1st.

March 2015

In my role as tutor on the guitar making course at Newark College I am involved with the Leonardo Guitar Research Project. This is a European -funded research project investigating the use of non-tropical woods in guitar making. I recently took five students to a week's workshop at the IKATA craft school in Ikaalinen in Finland. It was very interesting to see the local woods used by Finnish makers.

This is a subject close to my heart and I'm experimenting more with local English woods.

October 2014

I will be exhibiting at the Holy Grail Guitar Show in Berlin on November 15th and 16th.
The venue is
Estrel Berlin
Hotel And Convention Center
Sonnenallee 225
12057 Berlin, Germany


Come and say hello if you're coming to the show.


        

May 2014

I'm preparing for the 17th Acoustic Guitar Meeting in Sarzana, Italy where I'll be exhibiting guitars and mandolins. The festival takes place over the 29th May - 1st June. Come and say hello and have a test drive on my wares if you're going to be there.

Acoustic Guitar Meeting

January 2014

I spent a lot of time this year conversing with a couple of violin-maker friends about their methods and this inspired me to build a couple of archtop mandolins. Both were A-style and had European spruce tops. The backs and sides were English cherry but for my own interest and research I made one with a carved back and one with a flat back. In all other respects they were identical (as much as wooden instruments can be). The carved back had more punch while the flat back had a warmer sound.

 

I had a very interesting comission this year: I was asked to build a 12-string alto guitar with a short scale - 500mm to be tuned A-A with unison pairs of strings. The customer requested that I should make an alternative set of nut and saddles so that it could be strung as a 5-course cittern. I based the instrument on a Sweep Pavilion-shaped body reduced in size by 20%. I built it from European spruce and cocobolo and am very pleased with the result. It has a real chiming quality with a hint of mandolin in the sound.

October 2012

It's been a shamefully long time since I've posted any news and I'm considering starting up a blog instead. Meanwhile here's a summary of what I've been up to of late:

Earlier this year I had the entire website re-designed by Piers Philo who has done a great job. Let me know if you have any problems with the site.

In the spring I was approached by a good friend, luthier Nicolas Perez, with the idea of collaborating over a guitar. Knowing Nick's work and having a great admiration for his ideas I agreed and we had a few brainstorming sessions where we threw into the pot design ideas we had wanted to try, spurring each other on to be more daring and restraining each other where appropriate. The result is the prototype PLAN guitar pictured above. We're very pleased with it and are now offering it for sale. See my for sale page for details.

In September I started back at Newark College doing part-time teaching on the guitar making course there. I go in two days a week and have a stimulating time talking guitar design and construction with a bunch of highly motivated students.