L-27 completed

| October 20, 2014

Just finished up this L-27 and handed it off to its happy new owner.  The back and sides are quilted bubinga; the top is Sitka spruce; and the headcap and accents are spalted, curly maple.    

Rainy Sunday, and some heel carving.

| July 27, 2014

The workpiece, some tools, some of the subject to go by, and of course my knee.

Headcap inlay

| July 11, 2014

Just finished inlaying this headstock.  The headcap is spalted curly maple that came from a tree in our backyard.  (I’ve got a stack of them!) I hope the guy buying this guitar likes it!

Rosewood OM

| March 14, 2014

This rosewood OM is on the market and available.  Indian rosewood back and sides, Engelmann spruce top, ebony bridge and fingerboard with wraparound position markers, and hop vine carving on the neck heel.  A pickguard can be added upon request.  Asking price $3000.00.  Call (207)522-6792 to inquire.

Archtop guitar completed!

| January 8, 2014

Just recently completed an archtop guitar for a client.  In answer to his stated desire for a small-bodied, f-hole archtop with a strong bass, I produced this model.  The body shape is based on a Gibson L-1 (roughly 00 sized).  To enhance the low end, I made the back and sides from mahogany rather than […]

The “Church Guitar” completed! Pictures

| July 26, 2013

I’ve finally made time to post these pictures of the guitar I made for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick.  Troy Bennett of the Bangor Daily News took these pictures in my shop the day I delivered the guitar to its new (and still happy now, months later) owners. This guitar was made of wood […]

Electric mandolin prototype

| May 9, 2013

Here’s a picture of an electric mandolin prototype I recently knocked together.  The body is pine, with a curly maple veneer cap.  The neck came off a cadaver instrument  (this is, after all, a prototype).  And the pickup is one that I wound, using a block magnet as its core.  I’m pleased with the sound […]

12-fret archtop

| May 9, 2013

Yes, you read that right — a twelve-fret archtop.  I am making an archtop guitar in the shape of a late-twenties L-1.  The back and sides are mahogany, and the top is Engelmann spruce.   Since the bridge is moved toward the tail of the instrument from where it would usually be located on an […]

OM I completed building last fall

| May 8, 2013

Thought I’d post a few more pictures. This is an OM I built and handed off to its new owner last fall. Engelmann spruce top, beeswing cocobolo back and sides. Enjoy!          

UUCB Church Guitar now completed! Here’s the BDN story.

| January 9, 2013

I just completed and delivered the church pew guitar that I built for a fundraiser for rebuilding the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick, Maine.  Troy Bennett of the Bangor Daily News put together this really nice piece on it, with video and a slide show to boot: http://bangordailynews.com/slideshow/new-guitar-rises-from-the-ashes-of-brunswick-church-fire/ It’s been a fun project, and I’ll miss […]