Guitar Courses & Workshops
I have recently moved to a larger workshop, near Hararit, which has space to accomodate up to five guitar makers at a time, so I am now able to offer courses in a comfortable, friendly and proffessional environment.
On average, it takes about 18 full days to build a guitar from start to finish. I will not say it's easy to build your first guitar. In fact, you will certainly find it challenging, whether you come from a woodworking background or not - yet you will find it extremely rewarding.
Arrangements for those wishing to build their own instruments are very flexible as everybody's situation is different. For local residents who work during the day, I am offering evening courses of around four hours.
Others may wish to come for full days.
For overseas visitors I am happy to arrange excellent acommodation and fascinating trips around Galilee during a memorable guitar-making vacation.
Hararit is a very special place - a meditators' village located high in the hills, halfway between the shores of the Mediterranean and the Sea of Galilee, the lowest freshwater lake in the world, that Jesus was said to have walked upon.
I have a stock of well seasoned Alpine Spruce for soundboards, Honduras Cedar and Mahogany for necks as well as a variety of exotic as well as local hardwoods for guitar bodies.
In the course, I will take you through every stage of the process from the initial design and selection of materials, through traditional construction method to the final finishing, French polish and set-up. On the way we will explore all aspects of Guitar Making, including acoustic theory, alternative practices and often the deeper philosophical resonances of art, craft, music, wood and life. All this while drinking plenty of strong coffee, or local herbal tea if you prefer.
Courses are open to anyone interested in building their own guitar. No woodworking experience is necessary, though it will be an advantage. No qualifications are necessary. These courses are intentionally hands-on and workshop-based. You won’t be tested on anything. Though it will be challenging at times, it should also be a fun, enlightening and possibly life-changing experience. Accommodation can be arranged for those wishing to take a residential course.
for further details and to arrange
a course to suit you:
- Spiral Guitar
- Maple Folk Guitar
- Rosewood Body Flamenco Guitar
- 12 String Lyre
- 10 String Lyre