LUTE CONSTRUCTION SLIDE SHOW
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My workshop is in north Wiltshire, England. In the 39th year of my career, I find my time divided into three main parts, making, restorations and repairs.
MAKING: Late Renaissance lutes are my speciality, but I also make guitars and other instruments. All my instruments are custom made and I am particularly pleased to collaborate with players who have special requirements, such as tone, decoration, amplification, playing technique or RSI.
On the right, a slide show of a lute being made here in my workshop. The music is played on lutes made by myself. The first piece is modern, 1998, and a portion 'Crux Catalyst' by Lamb and Keane is heard. Only one lute is playing, the sound has been considerably altered electronically. The latter two pieces are played on the lute depicted in this slide show. The former is 'The Right Honourable Ferdinando, Earl of Derby, His Galliard' by John Dowland followed by a duet 'The Flatt Pavanne' by John Johnson.
RESTORATIONS: I have done restorations of many old instruments. Guitars by Louis Panormo have become a speciality and I restored twelve. I have restored several 18th century English guittars (a type of cittern) and have one of them under restoration at the moment.
REPAIRS: I repair instruments for local musicians. Many classical, steel string and electric guitars pass through the workshop. I enjoy meeting the local musicians and and often hear my repairs being played. Of course, I also repair lutes.
Conservation: I have always been aware that musical instrument makers use materials from rare and endangered species. I avoid these and have sought out local and ecological supplies wherever possible. My solutions to some of these problems are discussed on the website.
Musical Instrument making for novices: Having taught musical instrument making in adult education and university for 20 years, I retain a strong interest in helping novice luthiers. I sell plans for guitars, lutes and other instruments. I can supply hide glue and gut fret. I and am always available for questions about musical instrument making. A portion of the website named "Musical Instrument Making Information" is dedicated to amateur musical instrument makers.
Lute Amplification: Recently, I have become involved in projects that will allow a lute to be successfully and sympathetically amplified.