If you are a new builder and want to see what others are doing, this page should be of some help. This page is reserved for links to some our customers and organizations that we support through donations. If you know some of these people then maybe you can get an unbiased review of our woods and service from someone with whom you already have a relationship. Apart from that, these are good people and good instrument makers and we are proud to be a small part of their business.
First, this link takes you to the start of my guitar building/repair projects.
High Mountain Tonewood Company is a member and sponsor of the Official Luthier's Forum. Check it out for a wealth of knowledge from a fabulous group of like minded luthier's, from novice to VERY seasoned Professionals.
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We are also a member of two great associations dedicated to documenting the progression of the art of stringed instrument construction. Become a member and support the quest for and cataloguing of knowledge!
William Cumpiano has been making guitars and teaching others in the art of luthiery for some 30 years. He is a world renown author, a master builder and a passionate teacher. His book, co-authoured with Jonathon Natelson, Guitarmaking, Tradition and Technology has been called the bible of guitarmaking. Find out more about Cumpiano's world by visiting www.cumpiano.com.
"High Mountain Tonewoods has sent me some of the best-looking and best-sounding tops I've ever seen during my 35 years in guitarmaking.
A buddy of mine and I often get down to Vancouver, but never at the same time. There is this little music store that we always stop at and see what new acoustics are around. For quite sometime there was this great sounding guitar that we each bragged about to the other when we got back to Terrace. The builder, Bob Laughlin, experiments with his own bracing styles and body shapes. They are very nice guitars!
Life is too short to keep all that you know to yourself. There will always be trade secrets that keep the general public in awe of the trade. But tradesman have a long and noble history of apprenticeship. In luthiery, in the 21st century, the Internet plays a big part in the sharing of ideas and knowledge. We believe strongly in this philosophy and support the Musical Instrument Makers Forum in their pursuit of shared knowledge. Check out mimf's many discussion groups and help support this noble cause.
Off in the middle of no-where (kind of like Terrace!?), in Tugaske, Saskatchewan, a quiet artists sanctuary, there is a quaint little luthiery school that has an impeccable reputation. It is also a one-stop-shop for many luthiery supplies. Apart from all this, David Freeman also builds nice guitars while he experiments with different indigenous woods. David also finds time to do winter workshops in places such as the Rocky Mountains and New Zealand. Timeless Instruments is very definitely worth a look.
Sometimes when you start a new business you walk through a door trying to pedal your wares not knowing what to expect. When I walked through the doors at Webber Guitars something just felt right! David has been very frank and forthright about the woods I have shown him. He also remains an absolutely unselfish wealth of knowledge answering my countless guitarmaking questions. David moved into his new shop in April 2005 where and his assistant build guitars that are distributed around the world. One look at his work and you can see why!
The net is all about networking. To do this one relies on others to help get the word out. The following are resource links, places you can go to find the instrument, the supplies or the other information you can't find here:
Ann Struyf has put together a great directory for instrument makers, luthier supplies, schools and information sites. Guitar Builder is a good start to your search.
Martin Koch has gone to a lot of effort to catalogue as much information as possible to help you build your first (or 50th) guitar. His site, Build Your Guitar, is another great resource site.
As you may have guessed I started this tonewood business because I am interested in the art of luthiery. Through my business I have been very fortunate to discover some great makers who are just great people. Michael Collins is one of those people. One look at a Collins Guitar and you can tell that Mike is a maker who has a true passion for his craft. He has been very generous in sharing his knowledge and has walked me through my first flamenco build with such gusto that it was impossible not to keep buoyed up by the whole process. Thanks Mike!
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