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Woodstock Invitational Luthiers' Showcase - Coming Soon!
September 24, 2016

Fall is upon us, and that's always exciting - because it means we're only a few weeks away from the

Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase!  This is one of the very best guitar shows in the country,

and I'm delighted to be taking part this year.

 

This year's show guitar is a new model, a special piece, and a somewhat new direction for me.

After many years of building "different" guitars, this model veers closer towards the traditional flat-top.

 

Here's a sneak peek at a few of the details:

 

The rosette, with closeup detail:

This Art Deco-influenced rosette harkens back to one of my favorite periods in visual arts & design.  More specifically,

it was directly inspired by this Royal Doulton china pattern from 1935, which I find extremely beautiful:

The bracing on this guitar also has a "1935" connection - it is reclaimed Red Spruce from the wing spars of a 1935 Porterfield 35-70 "Flyabout" airplane.  This material is magically lightweight, stiff, and resonant.  It's great wood with a great story.  This is the first guitar I've built with it:

The back, sides, and neck are curly mahogany - some of the best I've ever seen:

And, finally -the headpiece carries on in the Art Deco style:

If you're anywhere near enough to come out, please stop by the Woodstock Invitational show and say hello!  The guitars, music, and community there are all worth the trip.  The Fall colors outside will be quite something as well.