New England Luthiers
New England Luthiers
The New England Luthiers is an association of professionals and amateurs brought together by a common love of making stringed instruments. Our goal is to share our knowledge and techniques with anyone interested in expanding their understanding of instrument making. We provide open exchange of information and ideas geared toward the furthering of the craft, and a chance to spend time with others who have the same passion.� Meetings are casual and there are no dues.
Join us in whenever you can. Our doors are always open to new members.
2015 "Meet Your Maker" Wraps up at Club Passim
For the last 4 years in a row, Club Passim has hosted a Peter Mulvey/David Goodrich concert featuring instruments created by members of the New England Luthiers. As with previous years, the sold out show was successful at every level, providing great musical entertainment, humor and education.
For 2015, the criteria was very simple - the instrument had to newly built and strung up in 2015. Possibly even minutes before the show began! Regardless, the instruments sounded and played great and everyone was treated to another fantastic show.
A highlight was definitely the diversity of instruments present, including many styles of guitar (tenor, 6, 7-string, and 12 string) as well as mandolins, a ukulele, etc. This let to some really interesting and creative combinations that worked amazingly well.
We are actively planning another build for 2016, although the parameters are still under discussion. We hope to get an earlier start this year and create another great opportunity for builders to collaborate.
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Collaborative Build featured in American Lutherie
The New England Luthiers 2012 collaborative build project has been featured in the winter 2013 edition of the Guild of American Luthiers' quarterly journal American Lutherie. The front cover features a close-up of NEL member Trevor Healy's mahogany neck blank under construction, and "The New England Luthiers' OM Collaborative Build," written by NEL member Don Boivin, graces 8 full pages of the magazine, including over 35 full-color photographs of members and their guitars.
"American Lutherie reaches over 3,500 Guild members, as well as numerous other luthiers and aficionados in the field. Unlike other periodicals, back issues of American Lutherie are kept as reference material and referred to again and again over the years" (Guild of American Luthiers).
90.9 FM WBUR RadioBoston show
A group of us got together with host Anthony Brooks for what we hope is an informative interview.
We talked a bit about the NEL group, the OM Collaborative build, our own experiences as full/part-time builders, the upcoming show on Sunday, and assorted other topics including sustainable materials and why there aren't more women in lutherie - to name just a few.
Thanks to Wade Sylvester, Bruce Burns, Fran LaMalva, Mike Mahar, Mike McCarten, and Burton LeGeyt for participating. There was a lot of great insight and experience to share.
Check out the full audio, article and slide show at RadioBoston.
NEL 2015-2016 Meetings
We are in the process of organizing our 2015-2016 monthly meetings. We will be alternating each month with our sister organization The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers Luthiers subgroup.
If you are interested in hosting a meeting or presenting at a meeting, contact Steve Spodaryk.
December 6th 2015, 12-4PM: Architectural Openings, Somerville MA
Lots of great content for this meeting!
- Archtop hour with John Baboian, Berklee guitar professor. Bring your archtops!
- The Mysteries of Louis Panormo, 19th c. English guitar maker with RM Mottola.
- Open discussion topics. 2016 schedule, meetings, Meet Your Maker.
- Woodmobile w/ Ton Thiel and Richard Eyman who will be visiting us from Pennsylvania.
Somerville, MA 02145
Connect with other builders, share information and expertise, see each other's work and just have a good time. More...
Build a Quality Stringed Instrument
Take advantage of the knowledge and skill of luthiers around New England. Build a guitar, mandolin or violin. More...
Tips, Tools & Techniques
Learn the tricks of the trade from the NEL members. Get a view into their shops and see how it is done. More...
Gallery of Stringed Instruments
View the beautiful stringed instruments crafted by New England Luthier members. More...
Our goal is to share our knowledge and techniques with anyone interested in expanding their understanding of instrument making