On this page you will find some examples of my previous work.
To see instruments I currently have in stock, go to the For Sale page.
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Rosewood Heart acoustic guitar, 2020.
The shape of this guitar is based on a pre-war Martin 00028 model. It is an old fashioned kind of guitar with unscalloped soundboard braces. It has a powerful, deep and very resonant response while at the same time being exceptionally well balanced and comfortable to play.
Caucasian Spruce soundboard, Beautiful Indian Rosewood back and sides and bridge. Mahogany neck. Old stock Brazilian Rosewood bound fretboard. The inlays are made from a horn from a deer that lives down the road from here. The deer is alive and well, the horns sometimes break off seasonally.
Century old Californian Sinker Redwood and Padouk special Classical guitar, 2020.
This is a very special and unusual guitar, commissioned by a player who some years ago was involved in motorbike crash which left him with limited mobility in his hands. The guitar has an extra wide neck (55mm at the nut) and a short scale length (635 mm) and very low action to enable him to play with greater ease.
The soundboard is made from a piece of a redwood tree which was salvaged from the bottom of a certain river in California where it had been seasoning underwater for a century. It is also a place of special sentimental significance to the player. It is the most remarkable piece of wood I've ever had the privelige to work with, possessing all sorts of supernatural qualities.
The body shape and dimensions are based on a dreadnought, which is very large for a classical guitar. This gives it a very deep bass and lots of resonance. The back and sides are made from Padouk wood which is an excellent tonewood and which has the most mesmerising, natural deep redness. Stripy ebony was used for the head veneer, bindings and fretboard. The neck is made from figured Honduras cedar. It's unusual to find this type of wood with such figuring. The decorative inlays are unique to this instrument.
Classical Parlour Guitar, 2018
Spruce soundboard, Padouk body, Honduras Cedar neck. Rosette inlaid with shells from the Sea of Galilee
'La Petite Bouche', Archtop Guitar, 2018
This is an unusual archtop guitar which I built from mainly reclaimed materials. The soundboard is made from an offcut from a roof beam of French Alpine Spruce. The body is made from maple off-cuts from a local carpenter. The neck is made from an old mahogany stair-post. This guitar feels and sounds almost like an electric guitar and has the most incredible sustain.
'Feathers', Acoustic Guitar, 2016
Designed in collaboration with musician and world traveller, Gal Ronen, this is perhaps the most balanced and responsive acoustic guitar I've ever made. The shape of the body probably has a lot to do with it. It was designed so as to have no straight edges, but only curves, which gives it an organic feel. The inlays echo the player's love of nature and of freedom. The rosewood body adds a beautiful, deep, rich tone to the Alpine spruce 'Moonwood' soundboard.
Octave Mandola, 2014
I made this Octave Mandola out of offcuts from my guitars.
Spruce Soundboard. Rosewood and figured maple body. Mahogany neck. Scale length 532mm.
Classical Guitar 2018
Classical guitar, featuring rare, figured mahogany body and laminated maple/figured mahogany neck. 650mm scale length
A very unusual instrument made for multi-talented musician and inventor, Zahra Lowsley. It is a kind of cross between a balalaika, ukelele, mandolin and a fiddle. It has five strings and the highest string is above a fretless area of the fingerboard allowing it to also be played with a bow.
Indian rosewood body. Master grade Western Red Cedar soundboard.
'Leadbelly' 12 string guitar - 2016
The first in my 'Legends of American Folk and Blues' series, this guitar is inspired by the great Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly. It's a huge guitar with a deep body and 26.5" scale length. Spruce top, Mahogany body and neck. The rosette and inlays are made with shells from the Sea of Galilee and resemble an old film-strip.
'Leadbelly' 12 string guitar - 2016
Here is the one and only Alonzo Garbanzo with his rendition of Leabelly's 'New York City' on this guitar.
'Woody' guitar - 2017
The second in my 'Legends of American Folk and Blues' series, this guitar is inspired by Woody Guthrie and is designed and built to kill fascists. The body is Indian Rosewood with maple bindings. The neck is mahogany with an ebony fretboard. The soundboard is Alpine Spruce.
'Jerusalem' Guitar - 2017
This was an interesting commission from a very devout guitar player in Alaska who wanted a special momento from The Holy Land. Inlaid in the back of the guitar is a scene depicting the old city of Jerusalem, a place which is of central importance to the three major religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Inscribed above is a quote from the book of Isiah in the old Testament - 'For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch.' - which is part of a longer passage describing a state of peace and harmony existing in Jerusalem between all of its different peoples.
The woods I used for the inlay were cypress, almond and olive, from trees around my garden here in Galilee. Shells from the Sea of Galilee were also used to add some sparkle around the soundhole and also in the heel cap.
'The Revelator' - Archtop mandolin - 2019
I was tasked with creating a full bodied, deep and poweful mandolin for UK based singer-songwriter The Reverend Sam. The materials I used for this instrument were reclaimed offcuts. The soundboard was part of a Spruce roof beam from a house being built in my village. The body is made from a piece of bubinga which was left over by a local carpenter after he built a dining table for the town mayor.
The Lyre is a very ancient instrument, dating back thousands of years. Here are two examples of my interpretation, a twelve string and a ten string. The body is carved from a single piece of cherry wood, topped with a spruce soundboard.