Ímar – Best live act of 2017?

Ímar – Best live act of 2017?

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Blog

  Ímar are up for a couple of awards this year – here is the promo video. See if you can spot the NK Forster bouzouki! You can vote for the band – “Best live act” and “Best album” Here is the voting site: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TradAwards2017   Be nice to see the lads win, they’re great. […]

Busy at the bench

Busy at the bench

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Blog

The last few for this year are nearly ready for the spray shop. What remains of 2017 will be spent setting up those returning from the sprayers and packing up the workshop ready for the next move.   I’ve finished the year off with building a few guitar bouzoukis and squeezed in a last tenor guitar […]

What’s on the bench?

What’s on the bench?

Posted by on Oct 1, 2017 in Blog

An NK Forster Model C-HO This week I’ve been getting on with a nice Model C-HO in Indian rosewood and European spruce for a chap in England. Off to the sprayers soon Martin! He’s gone for a long 650mm scale. It’s ages since I’ve made a guitar with a long scale. We used 650mm all […]

And my other guitar is also a Howe Orme…

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Blog

And my other guitar is also a Howe Orme…   Yes, I like Howe Orme guitars. It’s a fact. It’s a mahogany and spruce cylinder top parlour guitar. It’s in astonishingly good condition considering it is over 100 years old. Once again, it has that characteristic Howe Orme design and the power that comes with […]

The best guitar I’ve ever played….

The best guitar I’ve ever played….

Posted by on Sep 3, 2017 in Blog

This is the best guitar ever made.     You hear that a lot don’t you? “This is the best guitar I’ve ever played…”  or “This is the best guitar ever made…” You can read it often if you spend enough time on the web, that’s for sure. It’s a bit of a delusion really […]

Back to the bench

Back to the bench

Posted by on Aug 20, 2017 in Blog

Back to the bench… Mrs F and I had a very nice July, we went on silent retreat for 18 days in Germany, then helped out in the kitchen on another 10-day retreat afterwards in Switzerland. Tell you what, Switzerland is great. The air, the water, the scenery, the people. And the cheese. And the sound […]

On retreat

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Blog

It’s that time of year again. Me and Mrs Forster are off on silent retreat for the next three weeks. We will have no email, no telephone. Nothing. So, if you do email me I won’t be able to read your message or send you a reply until the back end of this month. Occasionally people […]

Why I don’t make sitka spruce guitars

Why I don’t make sitka spruce guitars

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Blog

Why I don’t make sitka spruce guitars, and why I do make torrefied sitka spruce guitars There is a reason I don’t usually make guitars with Sitka spruce soundboards: I’ve not liked the majority of guitars I’ve tried that had Sitka spruce soundboards. You might have a nice one. But I’ve not played many I […]

Raising money for Beth’s cancer treatment

Raising money for Beth’s cancer treatment

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Blog

NK Forster Session King auction to raise money for cancer treatment.   The auction listing can be found HERE Someone whom I knew rather well in my 20’s has breast cancer. She has stage 4 breast cancer. Despite this, she is getting and responding well to treatment. The treatment she is getting is not available […]

Japan 2017

Japan 2017

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in Blog

Japan 2017   Just got back from a very good and worthwhile guitar show. But I get a bit sick of writing about guitars sometimes. So here are some of the photos I’ve taken from this and previous trips to Japan.