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Heritage & Art Exhibits

The Heritage Exhibit will present an educational display authentic and reproduction Heritage instruments with designs dating before 1800, including Sona Jobarteh’s Kora from The Gambia (representing 106 generations of luthiers and musicians in her family), renaissance & baroque lute families, 1700s English guittar and Spanish vihuela; vintage instruments from 1800 – 1945, including classical and steel string guitars; and significant contemporary benchmarks featuring the work of Steve Klein. Experts will be on hand to explain the place of each in the development of lutherie.

Complimentary Seminars

Paul Heumiller

Guitar Buyer Seminar

Friday 1pm

Class Description

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Dream Guitars sees over 500 guitars a year and we do a lot of custom building with wonderful luthiers. This presentation will be a discussion about some of the newer features becoming popular on guitars. Paul will present a slide show of some of the many ergonomic, aesthetic and construction advances we are seeing. He’ll discuss how things are perceived on the shop floor and there will be time for Q&A.This should be valuable to buyers and makers alike.
Instructor Bio
Some would say Paul Heumiller has a Dream Job and perhaps even a Dream Life. He is the founder and owner of Dream Guitars and surrounded by the world’s finest guitars every day. As the owner of Dream Guitars he has seen, heard and played more guitars then most people on the planet. Known for a great ear and his integrity, he matches players to instruments that will inspire them. He often consults with luthiers on custom builds for clients and offers consultation to makers as the develop new ideas and features for guitars. His job requires him to travel to guitar festivals around the world and he calls friend many of the top luthiers and players in the world. But there’s another side to Paul, on his days off he teaches Yoga in Prisons and Jails, spends time being quiet and meditating, playing music and hiking in nature.  “It’s not a job, it’s my passion and purpose in life.”

Special Guests: Richard Hoover, Steve Klein and more!

Luthiers Roundtable: Maintaining Excellent in Craftsmanship

Friday 3pm

Class Description

Richard Hoover will kick off a discussion about maintaining excellence over many years and guitars of lutherie.  Steve Klein, Charles Fox and others may join in.  Stop by to see who’s there for an informal get together, discussion and answers to the questions you always wanted to ask.
Instructor Bio

Paul Heumiller

Yoga and Meditation

Saturday 9am on the Beach; meet in front of the Rotunda

Class Description

heumillerYoga and Meditation for all.  Do you find that a long weekend of fun stresses out your body?

Join Paul for a relaxing way to start the day on the beach.  He’ll cover gentle movements, focusing on the back, neck, shoulders, wrist and fingers, and end with a calming meditation. These are simple movements that you can use to make playing pain-free and ensure you can play a long long time.

Appropriate for anyone, all postures will be done seated or standing.

Instructor Bio
Founder of Dream Guitars, www.dreamguitars.com. Paul has been a player, singer and songwriter his entire life. As the owner of Dream Guitars he has seen, heard and played more guitars then most people on the planet. Known for a great ear and his integrity, he matches players to instruments that will inspire them. He often consults with luthiers on custom builds for clients and offers consultation to makers as the develop new ideas and features for guitars. “It’s not a job, it’s my passion and purpose in life.”

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Chuck Erikson

Guitar Inlay Materials

Saturday 2:30pm

Class Description

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The Duke of Pearl will present an introduction to shell species and their products including sorting/grading shell, along with some non-shell materials; pros & cons of solid vs. Abalam®; best choices for any project; visual tricks with shell; and with time allowing, discussion of new synthetics.  It’s paired with over 200 PowerPoint images, physical examples being displayed, and some Q&A time.

Instructor Bio

Special Screening

Acoustic Uprising

Saturday 11am

Class Description

“Acoustic Uprising” looks at the renaissance the acoustic guitar is having, exploring the impact of the internet on the younger generations, and looking at the rich history and fusion of musical ideas FingerStyle has become known for.  Looking at the legacies of people like Michael Hedges, John Fahey, Robert Johnson, Blind Blake and many more, it features interviews and performances with many FingerStyle contemporaries including Tommy Emmanuel, Andy Mckee, Don Ross, Kaki King, Preston Reed and many more.

watch https://vimeo.com/151486199
Instructor Bio

Jean Larrivee

50 Years of Guitarmaking & the Search for Tonewoods

Saturday 1pm

Class Description
Jean Larrivee, celebrating his 50th anniversary as a luthier, will talk about his experiences in search of tonewoods all over the word, and answer your questions about them.
Instructor Bio

Today, we are a new generation of talented guitar makers – building instruments as extraordinary and unique as the people who craft them – and who play them.  We are inspired by the passion, and guided by the lifetime of experiences of our leader, Jean Larrivée, whose legendary craftsmanship still finds its way into every guitar that bears his name.

Harvey Leach

Thematic Inlays, Adding a Personal Touch to Your Instrument

Saturday 4pm

Class Description

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Reknowned inlay artist Harvey Leach will talk about thematic inlays to add a personal touch to an instrument. He will show examples of personalized inlays and talk about the possibilities as well as the process that takes place, especially with adding inlays to existing instruments and working with their chosen builders on new guitars.

Instructor Bio

Ken Totushek

String Community Gathering: Music of Faith from Around the World

Sunday 9am in the Rotunda

Class Description
Join us for an exploration of and participation in the music of faith from various cultures of the world.  Come help us celebrate the gift and unity of life, language and culture – in the right place with the right people, the guitar comes out and a connection is made.  Free and open to and inclusive of everyone. Led by songwriter and hymnist Ken Totushek and friends, we will be meeting in the beautiful rotunda at the Fess Parker at 9:00.
Instructor Bio

Ken Totushek is an internationally known singer/songwriter, acoustic instrumentalist and worship leader, with six acclaimed CDs of inspirational work since 1994.  He has been playing guitar since his teen years, and has performed in Japan, Europe, the Middle East, throughout the U.S., and of course in the Ocean State.  Ken defines himself as a musician living and sharing “freedom Songs”.  His music is down to earth, inviting, and tends to capture the heart of the listener as he leads one through a calming and hope filled musical journey.  Ken plays venues worldwide, in which he shares and performs aspects of his own life and spiritual journey.  Venues have ranged from concerts and special music, house concerts, hospitals, restaurants and pubs to leading worship at international church services and conferences.  In 2013 Ken was awarded Japan’s Kansai Music Conference “Building Bridges Through Music” Award.  Ken resides with his wife Kathy in Barrington, RI. www.kentotushek.com

Paul Heumiller

Yoga and Meditation

Sunday 9am on the Beach; meet in front of the Rotunda

Class Description

heumillerYoga and Meditation for all.  Do you find that a long weekend of fun stresses out your body?

Join Paul for a relaxing way to start the day on the beach.  He’ll cover gentle movements, focusing on the back, neck, shoulders, wrist and fingers, and end with a calming meditation. These are simple movements that you can use to make playing pain-free and ensure you can play a long long time.

Appropriate for anyone, all postures will be done seated or standing.

Instructor Bio
Founder of Dream Guitars, www.dreamguitars.com. Paul has been a player, singer and songwriter his entire life. As the owner of Dream Guitars he has seen, heard and played more guitars then most people on the planet. Known for a great ear and his integrity, he matches players to instruments that will inspire them. He often consults with luthiers on custom builds for clients and offers consultation to makers as the develop new ideas and features for guitars. “It’s not a job, it’s my passion and purpose in life.”

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Charles Fox

Getting Started in Lutherie

Sunday 11am

Class Description

Charles Fox, director of the American School of Lutherie, offers essential information and advice on how best to begin and successfully learn the art and craft of guitar making.  Charles presents a wide range of resources and options to help each individual identify an approach to learning the craft that’s best suited to his/her own personal goals, resources and life experiences.

Instructor Bio

Pioneer American luthier Charles Fox has been active in the development of modern lutherie for nearly 50 years. Charles enjoys an international reputation as an artisan, designer, consultant and educator.  Charles has introduced hundreds of people to this craft and counts many of today’s successful luthiers among his former students.  Since 1968, Charles has been building guitars both as an independent luthier and as head of guitar production workshops.  In 1973 he founded the first school for guitar makers in North America, the School of the Guitar Research & Design Center in South Strafford, VT.  In 1993 Charles established the American School of Lutherie in Healdsburg, CA, where he also co-founded the Healdsburg Guitar Festival.  He’s been building and teaching in his Portland, Oregon workshop since 2003. To see what he’s up to, visit his websites: www.charlesfoxguitars.com and www.americanschooloflutherie.com.”

Chelsea Clark

High End Repair and Conservation

Sunday 1pm

Class Description

Boutique repair and guitar building has hit a new high with the rise of a new generation and craftsmanship and trade based careers. With restrictions over harvested tone woods, the guitar industry will be getting a much needed face lift, and practices using the wood once heavily marketed as “the best wood for tone” will forever be changed. How will this shape the vintage instrument and guitar markets? How is the new generation of guitar builders and repairers stepping up to meet the challenges of conservation?

Join Chelsea in a shared discussion on how we are repaving the way we approach guitar repair, construction, and vintage restorations. She’ll cover how the definition of guitar repairer has changed, what that means for customers and introduce you to some fresh ideas about tone in regards to conservation. You’ll leave with a better understanding of investable repairs, the quality of industry standards, and the new movement of conservation.

Instructor Bio
Chelsea Clark started repairing guitars in 2003. Since then, she has repaired guitars in numerous shops across the US, including Gibson’s Restoration Shop located in Nashville, and managed the repair shop at LA’s Westwood Music from 2014-2016. She now owns her own restoration business Guitars And Caffeine and writes online articles. Clark is known for her quality repairs and vintage restorations, and has also made it a point to share her knowledge and passion for learning with the guitar community. From electronics to neck resets, nothing is off limits, but her really enjoyment comes from historical restoration – as she has a Bachelors in Anthropology. Her new project “C.Sea Recycled” is introducing the world to a whole new way of thinking about reused materials, the dream tone, and quality control.  She also likes good craft beer and long walks down dirt roads.

Complimentary Luthier Demos

Recording musicians will be playing 20 minute demo sessions of the luthiers’ instruments, all day every day.

The schedule will be posted at the venue.