2015 Islands Luthiers Guild Guitar Show

ILGSHOW Plans are already afoot for the 2015 show, which will be held on October 17 at the Errington War Memorial Hall – same place as last year. The show, the entry to which is free, will start at 10:00 am and go to 3:00 pm.  Luthiers showing their instruments will pay a $20 table fee.  Shortly after the show ends (at 4:00 pm), there will be a workshop with Michael Dunn, a well-known luthier and musician from Vancouver.  Following that, at 8:00 pm, there will be an evening concert with The Paper Boys, a wonderful folk band also from Vancouver.  Stay tuned for more details.  This is an event not to be missed!


The beginnings of an Australian blackwood parlor guitar

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The back of the blackwood guitar

Austalian blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon) is almost identical to Hawaiian koa (Acacia koa). This stuff comes from a fellow luthier, Tim O’Dea, who lives in Corindi Beach, New South Wales (Australia). I traded some red cedar tops for several blackwood back and side sets. It was a good deal for each of us: The local scarcity of cedar in OZ and blackwood in BC rendered each valuable….. to the other guy. The top on this instrument is some sweet Lutz spruce from Shane Neifer in Terrace, BC.

Osage orange D-style guitar

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I’m very fond of the wood ‘osage orange’, which is in the Mulberry family, and comes from the US midwest. I got a few sets from Luthier Tim McKnight, and I like it so much, I have kept the 3 instruments I built with it for myself. This is a big dreadnought sized guitar with a voice that can cut through a lot of old-time fiddling!

Under Construction

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The site is always “Under Construction”, but here are some instruments which are also coming along.!  In the gallery now are a wenge guitar, a mahogany guitar and a hickory mandola showing some construction details.  The finished instruments will be posted soon.