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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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.

Views in My Shop

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I spend a lot of time in this shop. It used to be in the house, but the dust from exotic woods was driving everybody crazy, so I fixed up an old storage barn and moved out there. Its a much better environment. You can see out the windows that this is ‘country living’. And playing the banjo chases away a lot of stress.