40th Anniversary coming up

I’ve had my workshop in Whitley Chapel Old School for nearly forty years now, I moved here in November 1979. It’s much more crowded now, with a room partitioned off at one end and wood stored above. The solid fuel stove has been replaced with an oil fired one and there is LED lighting everywhere – good light is important to good instrument building.

But it’s essentially the same.

Until 1981 I built citterns and mandolins but in 1981 I built my first arch-top guitar and in 1982 my first flat-top.  I’m currently building 8 or 9 guitars a year; my Martin Simpson model, my Steinbeck model, my new Verona model and my Model 2 D guitar.

Still a great place to build instruments, lots of light and a view over fields.  And close to Slaley forest for walking with Ben.