Guild of American Luthiers 2017 Convention
I spent this past week up in Tacoma at the 22nd Guild of American Luthiers 2017 convention. This year’s convention was held July 19-23 at the Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. It was an amazing week spent listening to seminars from Michael Bashkin, Stephen Marchione, Robbie O’Brien and many other great luthiers. Every lecture left me satisfied knowing I was leaving the room with a handful of tips, tricks and perspective.
The Guild of American Luthiers is a nonprofit educational membership organization that facilitate learning about lutherie: the art, craft, and science of stringed musical instrument construction and repair. Since 1972, they have been the foremost source of information for makers, repairers, and restorers of all kinds of string instruments.
I attended all of the concerts that were available every night, one of which was played by Darol Anger and Rushad Enggleston, whom if they are in your area, I highly recommend going to see them. It was exciting, interactive, and confusing at times, but they kept me engaged through the whole performance. You can see a sample of what these artist do together at this link:
I am very grateful to have this community, and the wealth of knowledge they offer, to help guide me down my journey to master my craft. I’ve come back with a notebook full of notes, a mind full of ideas, and soul inspired to take me further down the great lutherie road. Thank you to everyone that made this happen, I have left Washington with so much inspiration. Looking forward to the next convention in 2020. I’ll be back.
Luthier and Guitar Repairs – Simi Valley, California