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Guitar makers have been invited to the Knox festival for a mini version of the guitar makers festival!
Anyone in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne can get along to the Ferntree Gully Arts centre and library, on Glenfern Road.
Its on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of March.
Come along and meet some local instrument makers!
My first outing for the year will be the Port Fairy folk festival...
INSTRUMENTworX at Port Fairy Folk Festival, March 7 - 10 2014
The Port Fairy Folk Festival has featured an exhibition of Australian made instruments since 1992. Within just a few years the Instrument Makers Exhibition was established as a highlight of the festival. INSTRUMENTworX now features over twenty invited makers each year, interactive instrument making workshop/forum, and the very popular feature concerts, Australian Made & Played, showcasing the instruments exhibited in a concert setting. This interactive exhibition in the Festival Arena presents the perfect opportunity to purchase a beautifully made instrument directly from the maker; or simply to come and marvel at the craft work that goes into making your favourite instruments.
Heading into the hot dry Melbourne summer, which is good guitar building weather!
After quite a few shows in November I think I'll stay in the workshop for a while... My next outing will be the Port Fairy Folk festival... http://www.portfairyfolkfestival.com/... in early march 2014.
I'll have to get busy and see what I can make to show at Port Fairy. Its one of the best instrument makers shows in Australia.. not just guitars, everything! So I've got to do my best to come up with something interesting..
At the end of 2013 I'm left with just one guitar in stock. A reproduction of Martin Ditson No1 size guitar - or as close as I can get, as the Brazilian rosewood needed to do a true copy is critically endangered. I've used ebony instead for the back and sides, leaving out the backstrip and shell purfling on the side that wouldn't have suited the colouring of the ebony. I've kept the abalone purfling on the front and back, along with the torch inlay on the head and snowflake design for the fretboard.
The top is a very nice piece of Adirondack I got from Old Standard wood a few years ago. The neck is plantation mahogany with a discreet double acting truss rod. The fretboard is Indian ebony and the bindings all ivoroid. The head veneer the the same ebony as the back and sides.
The bracing is a 5 fan as per the original in the lower bout. I've changed the upper bout from the original Martin design to my own A-shaped upper brace, to accomodate any gauge of strings. Its a shortish scale length, being 623mm and is currently carrying 0.013" - 0.056" strings with no difficulty.
This instrument is available for sale. here are some photos..
I'm very excited to show some of my guitars in Osaka on the 9th and 10th of November 2013.
Anyone interested in going to the show can find out about it here... http://www.au-guitars.com/
This is made possible by my very good friends Hiroyuki and Noriko Sekine. I can't get there myself this time, but hope to soon.
I'll be showing again this weekend (2nd and 3rd of November) at the Maldon Folk festival in central Victoria... then the following weekend I'll be at the Beechworth Celtic festival... and the weekend after that, at the makers and players guitar show in Federation Square in Melbourne.
Thanks to all who came along to the Melbourne guitar makers festival, and special thanks to all the volunteers who made it happen!
I was too busy to get any photos myself... so here's a link to a nice video by the Age, plus the web page and facebook page for the festival