Saratoga Wood Show-guitar work

Hello all,

We had a great time at the Saratoga Wood Show…  Thank you to all that came by the booth and visited with us.  The booth that I was demonstrating guitar building at is called Maplewood Center for Common Craft.  Those involved at Maplewood are dedicated to rediscovering, restoring and teaching rural skills and traditional crafts that were once commonplace in pre-industrial societies.  Some of the skills covered in their workshops, classes and full-scale apprenticeships include traditional hand-tool woodworking and joinery, building trades, metal work, small-scale agriculture and other essential skills, trades and forms of artisanal handicraft.  It is here that I will be teaching an Introduction to Guitar Making Workshop in September.  Feel free to check out the Maplewood website at:

Here are some pictures from the show:

I was even able to find a little time to do some pickin with a banjo player that had a booth across from us…

In the workshop, I am now cutting the dovetail for the mortise of the guitar…

There is a lot to take into account when fitting the neck.  It has to be straight and angled just right.

I am also cutting out the inlay for the head stock.  I cut out the Abalone with the face plate in one step.

The guitar is coming along nicely and I am enjoying all the steps of the process.

Until next time,






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