The building of musical instruments from wood by hand – lutherie – is a singularly complex achievement of human culture. It is an alchemy of history, tradition & innovation; craft & sculpture; acoustics, physics & engineering; labor, passion & countless years of experience.
The creation of music is unparalleled in its significance and impact across civilization. It in infinite and keeps evolving across time, place, religion and politics. It is the door into our souls, the balm for our spirit, an inspiration to feel deeply, our common language, the still water of peace and a respite from the 24 hour news cycle. Music lives within a symbiotic relationship to the instruments in which they push each other forward.
The perfect instrument is a joy to see, hold, play and hear. The creation is the beginning of an ever-growing journey which begins with the first pluck. It is alive.
The roots of modern lutherie took hold a half century ago with the masters of the era including D’Aquisto, Fox, Gurian, Larrivee and Schneider, who based their work on the classic instrument designs but began to explore new design innovations and construction techniques. A young group of now legendary woodworkers, largely focused on steel string and archtop guitars as part of contemporary music, soon followed under their guidance and in turn spearheaded today’s renaissance of instrument making. The quality of craft and sound from today’s steel string and nylon guitars, mandolins, classical and harp guitars, ukuleles and other stringed instruments is unmatched, inspiring legions of dedicated luthiers and musicians to further their art.