2018 LEE VALLEY LUTHIER WORKSHOPS

Lee Valley Tools Presents Two Days of Guitar-Making Workshops

Nationally renowned Lee Valley Tools has announced a groundbreaking series of guitar-making workshops to be offered at the 2018 Vancouver International Guitar Festival. Hands-on workshops for everyone from hobbyists to seasoned professionals will be scheduled throughout the weekend of August 11-12. World-class luthiers and artisans will teach the classes, sharing the secrets of their success in setup, bracing, archtop carving, polishing, tuning, and much more.

Early registration is encouraged as space will be limited. The workshops are $25 plus GST in addition to Exhibition entry.

Workshops will take place at the Exhibition on August 11 & 12 at Creekside Community Centre. Finalized classroom locations TBA.

Saturday, August 11 (Beginner/Intermediate)

 10:00 -11:00  I  ntroduction to Guitar Making: Acoustic   This course is aimed at individuals with no prior experience, who have a desire to build their own musical instrument. Students will receive an overview of acoustic guitar design and construction, the skills necessary to be competent in the craft, a tool list to make your first guitar and an overview of tone-wood options    Click here to register     

10:00 -11:00 Introduction to Guitar Making: Acoustic

This course is aimed at individuals with no prior experience, who have a desire to build their own musical instrument. Students will receive an overview of acoustic guitar design and construction, the skills necessary to be competent in the craft, a tool list to make your first guitar and an overview of tone-wood options

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    12:30 - 1:30  Introduction to Guitar Making: Electric   This course is aimed at individuals with no prior experience, who have a desire to build their own musical instrument. Students will receive an overview of electric guitar design and construction, the skills necessary to be competent in the craft, a tool list to make your first guitar and an overview of tone-wood options.    Click here to register

 12:30 - 1:30 Introduction to Guitar Making: Electric

This course is aimed at individuals with no prior experience, who have a desire to build their own musical instrument. Students will receive an overview of electric guitar design and construction, the skills necessary to be competent in the craft, a tool list to make your first guitar and an overview of tone-wood options.

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    3:00 – 4:00  Acoustic Guitar Finishing : The Basics   Guitar finishing is an art in itself. In this course you will gain an understanding of how different finishes impact sound as well as pre-finishing, grain filling, hand polishing, French polishing, spraying a guitar finish, wet sanding and more.     Click here to register

 3:00 – 4:00 Acoustic Guitar Finishing : The Basics

Guitar finishing is an art in itself. In this course you will gain an understanding of how different finishes impact sound as well as pre-finishing, grain filling, hand polishing, French polishing, spraying a guitar finish, wet sanding and more. 

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 11:15 -12:15  Beginners   Guitar Set-up Guide   One of the most challenging aspects of building a stringed instrument is the procedure known as a “setup.”  The setup determines the instrument’s “playability” and can vary according to the individual player. Learn the12 steps considered absolutely essential in a basic setup.    Click here to register

11:15 -12:15 Beginners Guitar Set-up Guide

One of the most challenging aspects of building a stringed instrument is the procedure known as a “setup.”  The setup determines the instrument’s “playability” and can vary according to the individual player. Learn the12 steps considered absolutely essential in a basic setup.

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    1:45 - 2:45  Contemporary Ukelele Making   Topics discussed and demonstrated include ukulele design, tone-wood selection, brace carving, bottom radiusing, bending sides, neck carving, finishing and more.    Click here to register

 1:45 - 2:45 Contemporary Ukelele Making

Topics discussed and demonstrated include ukulele design, tone-wood selection, brace carving, bottom radiusing, bending sides, neck carving, finishing and more.

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 4:15 – 5:00  A Guide to Honing and Sharpening, presented by Lee Valley Tools. Facilitator Andrew Strome   One of the most important luthier skills is the ability to sharpen tools easily and well. Working with hand tools can be a frustrating experience unless you have sharp tools. The goal of this lesson is, with a minimum of equipment, to produce razor sharp cutting edges on any tool blade consistently.  Bring a dull tool.    Click here to register

4:15 – 5:00 A Guide to Honing and Sharpening, presented by Lee Valley Tools. Facilitator Andrew Strome

One of the most important luthier skills is the ability to sharpen tools easily and well. Working with hand tools can be a frustrating experience unless you have sharp tools. The goal of this lesson is, with a minimum of equipment, to produce razor sharp cutting edges on any tool blade consistently.  Bring a dull tool.

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Sunday, August 12 (ADVANCED)

 10:15 -11:30  Modern Methods of Acoustic Top Tuning, with an overview of  Falcate Bracing - Presented by G. Y. Bear   Top tuning relates to the fundamental resonances and purity of tones. By carefully tuning the top and back during the building process utilizing modern software, guitars with consistent balance and clarity are produced.  Originally developed by Australian luthiers Gore and Gilet, falcate bracing incorporates laminated curved braces reinforced with carbon fibre to reinforce the top. This produces an extremely responsive instrument, with massive tonal range,  volume,  sustain, clarity and projection.    Click here to register

10:15 -11:30 Modern Methods of Acoustic Top Tuning, with an overview of  Falcate Bracing - Presented by G. Y. Bear

Top tuning relates to the fundamental resonances and purity of tones. By carefully tuning the top and back during the building process utilizing modern software, guitars with consistent balance and clarity are produced.

Originally developed by Australian luthiers Gore and Gilet, falcate bracing incorporates laminated curved braces reinforced with carbon fibre to reinforce the top. This produces an extremely responsive instrument, with massive tonal range,  volume,  sustain, clarity and projection.

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 1:30 – 2:45  Modern Guitar Finishing   - Presented by John Reghle and Robert Bustos  The final stage in guitar production or restoration is critical to the tone, durability and playability of the instrument. With 50 years of combined experience the former head Guitar Finishers at Larrivee,  John Reghle and Robert Bustos provide world class finishes for world class luthiers.     Click here to register

1:30 – 2:45 Modern Guitar Finishing  - Presented by John Reghle and Robert Bustos

The final stage in guitar production or restoration is critical to the tone, durability and playability of the instrument. With 50 years of combined experience the former head Guitar Finishers at Larrivee,  John Reghle and Robert Bustos provide world class finishes for world class luthiers. 

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 11:45 – 1:15  Against the Grain, Live Archtop Demo  – Presented by Wyatt Wilkie  A live achtop carving demo with Wyatt Wilkie, a protégé of world renowned archtop builder Bob Benadetto.     Click here to register

11:45 – 1:15 Against the Grain, Live Archtop Demo – Presented by Wyatt Wilkie

A live achtop carving demo with Wyatt Wilkie, a protégé of world renowned archtop builder Bob Benadetto. 

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 3:00 – 4:15  CNC for Small Shops, Presenter TBA   Innovations in affordable CNC technology and how it applies to the small shop. Includes live demo.    Click here to register

3:00 – 4:15 CNC for Small Shops, Presenter TBA

Innovations in affordable CNC technology and how it applies to the small shop. Includes live demo.

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