Irish bouzouki? What about Isle of Man bouzouki? Interview with Adam Rhodes, Barrule.

Irish bouzouki? What about Isle of Man bouzouki? Interview with Adam Rhodes, Barrule.

Posted by on Jun 9, 2013 in Blog

Irish bouzouki? Well, we’ve all heard of that, but how about a bit of Manx bouzouki? Who’s waving the flag for music from the Isle of Man? Barrule! Barrule are a musical trio who are doing their bit to place the Isle of man on the musical map. I recently spoke to Barrule’s Adam Rhodes […]

What’s the best value handmade acoustic guitars?

What’s the best value handmade acoustic guitars?

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in Blog

    Let me put this as plainly as I can: the best value handmade acoustic guitars are the simplest ones. You might feel that getting a far east guitar that features all the “bells and whistle” is the best way to go. Well…it depends on what your priorities are, but if you think yours […]

A day at the Newark College guitar making course

A day at the Newark College guitar making course

Posted by on Apr 5, 2012 in Blog

Last week I spent a day as a visiting lecturer at Newark College where Adrian and Mal run a guitar making course. It’s a two year course where the students learn about making acoustic guitars by hand. I came and and gave the students a talk in the morning, we covered guitar design. Every year […]

A fine archtop guitar – “Oscar”

A fine archtop guitar – “Oscar”

Posted by on Oct 18, 2011 in Blog

So, if you’ve followed the little series “The journey of an idea” this should seem like a fairly logical next step – to apply the idea to a “traditional” archtop design – here is the result – I’ve called him Oscar, after my favourite Jazz guitar player, Oscar Moore (who played with Nat Cole in […]

Influences V – Stefan Sobell

Influences V – Stefan Sobell

Posted by on Jul 12, 2010 in Blog

It would be pretty odd for me to write a series about influences on my work and not mention Stefan Sobell. I worked for Stefan from leaving school,1988-1990 and 1992 -2003. I had no idea who Stefan was when I went to work for him and on reflection I’d be hard pushed to think of […]

Influences IV – Howe Orme Guitars

Influences IV – Howe Orme Guitars

Posted by on Jul 8, 2010 in Blog

I first came across one of these odd guitars in Andy’s guitar shop in Denmark St, London around 1998. I thought it was both peculiar and superb all at the same time. I am very interested in the origins of the steel string guitar and especially in what else was being done around the time […]

Influences III – Shaker furniture

Influences III – Shaker furniture

Posted by on Jun 19, 2010 in Blog

I first came across the Shakers and their work whilst doing my degree in Three Dimensional Design at the University of Northumbria in the 90’s. Shaker furniture is widely admired for its simplicity, superb joinery, quality, and functionality. Shaker designs were inspired by the ascetic religious beliefs of the Society. It is the physical embodiment […]

Influences II – Hermann Hauser I

Influences II – Hermann Hauser I

Posted by on Jun 6, 2010 in Blog

I’ve never played a Hauser but the sound of his work can be heard on many of Andrea Segovia’s recordings. This was my introduction to the man and his work. German luthier Hermann Hauser I (1882-1952) is best remembered for the remarkable instruments he built in the Spanish tradition after 1924. Segovia encouraged Hauser to […]

Influences 1 – Selmer guitar

Influences 1 – Selmer guitar

Posted by on May 28, 2010 in Blog

This is the first of a few posts about the things (most of which are instruments) which have influenced my work. This fine old guitar was the property of my late Grandfather, Charlie Ferguson. Charlie was a well respected player in the Tyne Valley and played in bands for sixty years. For gigs he played […]