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.
Join us in whenever you can. Our doors are always open to new members.
2014 Domestic Build Wraps up at Club Passim
For the 3 years in a row, Club Passim has hosted a Peter Mulvey/David Goodrich concert featuring instruments created by members of the New England Luthiers. As with previous years, the sold out show was successful at every level, providing great musical entertainment, humor and education.
For 2014, the instruments were all made from North American "domestic" species, and they really showcased what is possible using woods (often) found right in our backyard. Tonewoods included cherry, walnut, maples, birch, oak, apple and some lesser known species like persimmon, hornbeam, osage orange, black locust and others. It's no exaggeration to say the instruments were spectacular in every respect - visually and acoustically.
Participating builders were Alan Carruth, Matt Bouchie, Mike McCarten, Paul Hoogeveen, Paul Buck, Tim Gruntman and Robert Stubblebine. Mike Mahar and Tom Thiel contributed greatly all year, but did not make the concert deadline.
We are actively planning another build for 2015, although the parameters are still under discussion. Our original idea of using a single tree might be too restrictive, but perhaps some members will want to pursue that while allowing other options as well. We hope to get an earlier start this year and create another great opportunity for builders to collaborate.
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Collaborative Build featured in American Lutherie
The New England Luthiers 2012 collaborative build project has been featured in the winter 2013 edition of the Guild of American Luthiers' quarterly journal American Lutherie. The front cover features a close-up of NEL member Trevor Healy's mahogany neck blank under construction, and "The New England Luthiers' OM Collaborative Build," written by NEL member Don Boivin, graces 8 full pages of the magazine, including over 35 full-color photographs of members and their guitars.
"American Lutherie reaches over 3,500 Guild members, as well as numerous other luthiers and aficionados in the field. Unlike other periodicals, back issues of American Lutherie are kept as reference material and referred to again and again over the years" (Guild of American Luthiers).
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 2014-2015 Meetings
We are in the process of organizing our 2014-2015 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.
April 26th 2015, 12-4PM: Architectural Openings, Somerville MA
After some weather delays, our kickoff meeting has been rescheduled and we're all looking forward to it.
This is a general NEL meeting with the main topic being the upcoming 2015 group build and other ideas for upcoming meetings and events.16 Garfield Ave
Somerville, MA 02145
July/August 2015 - Build A Guitar at the North Bennet Street School
Students will work through the entire build process to create their own custom instrument. More details at: Build A Guitar
Introduction to Fretting and Setup
Tom Knatt at the Luthiers Workshop, Groton MA, is offering the two day introductory course in fretting and setup of guitars in May (exact date TBD). More information can be found on the NEL website under Thomas Knatt or by calling 978-448-9663.
Connect with other builders, share information and expertise, see each other's work and just have a good time. More...
Build a Quality Stringed Instrument
Take advantage of the knowledge and skill of luthiers around New England. Build a guitar, mandolin or violin. More...
Tips, Tools & Techniques
Learn the tricks of the trade from the NEL members. Get a view into their shops and see how it is done. More...
Gallery of Stringed Instruments
View the beautiful stringed instruments crafted by New England Luthier members. More...
Our goal is to share our knowledge and techniques with anyone interested in expanding their understanding of instrument making