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!
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.
For a small person or a person with small hands (for example, a young person) a full sized guitar is often just too large to play comfortably. Sometimes the solution is a 3/4 sized guitar. This is no toy – just an instrument with a shorter scale (578 mm) and smaller body which may suit a person who has become discouraged with a larger guitar. Have a look at this American cherry instrument.
Some mandolin family instruments, popular among those who play Celtic music.
Mark Twain once said: “A gentleman is a person who can play the banjo, but doesn’t.” This was the first of a wonderful legacy of ‘banjo jokes’, which are similar (and equally as unkind) to ‘accordion jokes’ and ‘bagpipe jokes.’