Building Guitars by Hand

I bend the sides, carve the braces, neck and headstock by hand: I hand-thin and  tap-tune the soundboard and back.  I use hide glue throughout, which requires hand clamping of all the various parts that become the guitar.  I finish the guitar by hand scraping, hand sanding and meticulously hand polishing with French Polish.


Building a guitar this way is a slow process, allowing me to focus my attention on each phase of the creation of an individual instrument.  My work is mostly intuitive.   I tap-tune and listen to the sound the wood makes as I work it in order to understand each particular part of the guitar's voice.  In this way, I hope to create a guitar which can truly come to life in the hands of the player.