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!

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2014 Islands Luthiers Guild Guitar Show

Plans are already in the works for the 2014 Guitar show. This will be held on October 18 this year, in the Errington War Memorial Hall, and follows the very successful 2013 show held in the same venue.  Bob Herbison, who is the Hall Manager and does the lion’s share of arranging, has managed to get the wonderful Brazilian musician Celso Machado to come and give a workshop in the afternoon and a concert in the evening!   Lots of wonderful local hand-built instruments to view during the day and a concert from an exceptional musician in the evening.  What better way to spend a Saturday!

An octave mandolin under construction

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A mandola is the mandolin family equivalent to a viola in the violin family. It is generally tuned a fifth below standard mandolin pitch. People can hate them since the longer scale requires a greater reach on the fingerboard. This one has a fir top, and a hickory back and sides. I’m thinking of naming it “The Slugger” because of the association of hickory with baseball bats. I hope it doesn’t sound like a baseball bat…..

I’ve got a bluegrass banjo under construction too.

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I’m building a maple Masteretone-style bluegrass banjo with all the Mastertone-style hardware from Stewart MacDonald:  Flathead tone ring, coordinator rods, Kerschner tailpiece, 5-Star tuners, except for two real Keith tuners for those who love to do the D-tuning thing.  The resonator is curly maple, and the neck is birds eye figured hard maple.  This is one big instrument – lots of metal parts!  I’m hoping I’ll have time to finish it before summer.  It will go on sale then for $2000.

Here’s a frailing banjo for sale!

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This is a maple banjo with a Whyte Laydie tone ring for that wonderful old-time sound. This is a substantial instrument – quite an armful since it is made of maple, and has lots of hardware. That tone ring has some substance! It has an armrest, 5-Star planetary tuners, a No-knot tailpiece, some inlay (see the details in the slide show) and co-ordinator rods in the rim to aid in keeping its shape and adjusting the neck. It’s one loud banjo:  Assert yourself! Its brand new and for sale for $1600 with a hardshell case. Contact me at my email address for details.