Based in Bradford, West Yorkshire (UK) I make a range of guitars that are based on some of the finest examples of the Luthiers craft. Methods of construction are traditional in nature and I closely follow the original form of construction for that particular instrument. My modern Classical guitars are built using the traditional Spanish method of a Solera and are built ‘freeform’, closely following the very same methods and procedures that both Torres and Panormo used. The French or Lacote instruments are built with respect to the methods that Lacote employed. The Back is of a laminated Spruce/ Hardwood combination – an important feature when producing a Lacote copy. All instruments are made using hand tool methods including thicknessing the plates and the cutting of the purfling channel. Whilst I do not claim this as being some pure romantic ideal I much prefer the feel and ‘unhurried’ approach that this affords me. It does limit the number of instruments that I can make to approximately 12 instruments per year. All inlays and Rosettes are produced in workshop and are of natural woods with the exception of Black stained Pear or Maple. Traditional Hide glue is used throughout the construction of every instrument including the modern Guitars. I have no doubts that this is the most appropriate type of glue for making musical instruments. I offer a choice of two types of finish, French Polish and an Oil Varnish. Materials are of the highest order and all Spruce tops have been seasoned in the workshop for a minimum period of 8 years. Most of my wood is sourced locally with the exception of European Spruce, Ebony and Indian Rosewood. Occasionally I have instruments available for sale immediately, either direct from myself or through dealers such as The Early Music Shop in Saltaire near Bradford.
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