New England Luthiers
New England Luthiers
The New England Luthiers is an association of professionals and amateurs brought together by a common love of making stringed instruments. Our goal is to share our knowledge and techniques with anyone interested in expanding their understanding of instrument making. We provide open exchange of information and ideas geared toward the furthering of the craft, and a chance to spend time with others who have the same passion. Meetings are casual and there are no dues.
If you have been fortunate enough to attend an Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans (A.S.I.A) or Guild of American Luthiers meeting, you know how rewarding and energizing the experience is. The New England Luthiers aim to keep that spirit alive between these national events. Past meetings have included visiting members’ workshops, demonstrations of building techniques by professional and amateur luthiers, ukulele building and playing competition (our own Uke-a-palooza), and a listening session with Grammy award winner Ed Gerhard.
Join us in whenever you can. Our doors are always open to new members.
September 15th, 11-5+pm : NHGL Benefit For Raymond Sanville in Grantham, NH
Please join us for our first meeting of the new season on Sunday, September 15. This will be a very special occasion as we visit the newly-built home and shop of our friend Ray Sanville. You may recall that Ray and his family suffered a tragic fire just before Christmas last year. Many members of the Guild contributed to the recovery so we will celebrate the progress with a concert, open mic and jam session featuring Terry Moore and his band. We will begin with an Open House at Ray's from 11:00 to noon then caravan to the Moose Lodge on Unity Road in Newport for festivities until 5:00.
Ray still needs our help to get his shop operational so that he can resume instrument repair and sales. The concert proceeds will help and donations of tools, materials and cash are certainly encouraged. Ray and his family are grateful for all of your support.Come join the fun in a great cause!
Jeb, Bud and Terry
52 Rumbrook Lane
Grantham, NH 03753
September 22nd, 12-4pm : Annual BBQ at Mike McCarten's, in Athol, MA
For the 7th consecutive year (by my count), Mike McCarten is opening up his shop (and smoker) for a great afternoon of food and instruments. This is an annual event that helps us switch gears and start thinking more about the indoor projects as we head into Fall. Mike always has interesting things to show and talk about as well.
Bring a side dish, dessert, or snack to share. Bring your appetite, instrument or idea to talk about.Noon to 4pm Mike McCarten
159 Cottage St.
October 13th, 12-4pm : Mike Mahar's shop in Amherst, NH
Mike has entertained us before with a great house concert and shop tour, and he has been busy renovating and remodeling his work space. We're looking forward to his "new and improved" shop space, and he always has clever ideas and inventions to share.
Additionally, this is the last meeting before the Club Passim concert so this will be a chance for those showing instruments there to show them off early. If anyone has ideas for a presentation or demo, please let us know and we'll accommodate.NEL meeting Oct 13th, Noon to 4:00pm
15 Winterberry Dr.
Amherst, NH 03031
November 2nd, 8PM: Club Passim/Peter Mulvey/David Goodrich/NEL Concert
Yukon, Mulvey and Goodrich have pulled together another great event! The 10th Anniversary of NEL as well!
Building on the success of the OM Collaborative Build and Grand Finale Concert last year, Mulvey and Goodrich requested another show where they could showcase the amazing work that people have been doing around New England.
This show will be devoted exclusively to NEL builders and instruments. We already have more than a dozen unique instruments, and perhaps a few more before it is finalized. The format worked well last year, and this year will be improved by having more time with each guitar by our two good friends and artists.
We are also planning some time earlier in the day with other guest musicians, so stay tuned for details. Tickets can be purchased directly from Club Passim or you can RSVP to Yukon to become part of the group purchase.Club Passim
Church St (Harvard Square)
90.9 FM WBUR RadioBoston show
A group of us got together with host Anthony Brooks for what we hope is an informative interview.
We talked a bit about the NEL group, the OM Collaborative build, our own experiences as full/part-time builders, the upcoming show on Sunday, and assorted other topics including sustainable materials and why there aren't more women in lutherie - to name just a few.
Thanks to Wade Sylvester, Bruce Burns, Fran LaMalva, Mike Mahar, Mike McCarten, and Burton LeGeyt for participating. There was a lot of great insight and experience to share.
Check out the full audio, article and slide show at RadioBoston.
NEL 2011-2012 Meetings
We are in the process of organizing out 2013 monthly meetings. We will be alternating each month with our sister organization The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers Luthiers subgroup.
If you are interested in hosting a meeting or presenting at a meeting, contact Steve Spodaryk.
Tom Knatt's Luthier Workshop Summer Sessions
Thomas Knatt will publish his schedule soon.
Colonial Finish - Guitar Finishing
John Kostigen, a local furniture finisher, now finishes guitars for Sylvan Wells' Bay State Guitars. With finishing many guitars under his belt, John is expanding and providing his services to all luthiers. John can be a great resource for people looking to outsource some of their finishing to a local painter.
Check out John at his website.
Build a Guitar with Scott Dixon
Woodcraft in Woburn
Nov 7, 14, 21, 28 & Dec 5
Learn how to build your own guitar with Scott Dixon. This class of 6 students is designed to take a beginner/ intermediate woodworker through the steps to make a steel string guitar from a unique kit. You will learn terminology and the techniques for many of the specialized processes to complete your own personalized instrument. The process is broken down into small steps to familiarize the student with the construction of the neck including truss rod installation, fingerboard & fretting, and construction of the body including brace trimming/fitting, top installation, bridge gluing/alignment, purfling and final setup. Each guitar will be completed leaving the final top coat finish up to the student.
Class Dates:Monday, November 7, 14, 21, 28 & Dec 5, 2011 from 5pm-9pm
Guitar Kit Description:
Sapele Guitar Kit with Solid Spruce Top: Solid AAA spruce top, laminated sapele back & sides, rosewood bridge & fingerboard, shaped nato neck, deluxe sealed tuners, micarta nut & saddle, nickel silver frets, ABS binding, plastic endpins, adjustable truss rod, inlay material. Kerfing, endblocks and bracing attached. Sides are bent. Includes Hard-shell Case. Instruction manual included. Requires assembly and finish (not included).
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Our goal is to share our knowledge and techniques with anyone interested in expanding their understanding of instrument making