Courses

The Spanish guitar making course offers the student the opportunity to build a classical or a flamenco guitar using traditional construction techniques. This will  include building with a Solera mould, the Spanish neck/body join and bracing systems and making a rosette to your own design, as well as learning specific techniques to be able to use the required tools.

As part of the course I will be delivering short seminars that include: different styles of construction, construction methods, selecting timbers, sharpening tools and varnishing techniques. The seminars are casual in nature and give the students an opportunity to ask questions and get a deeper understanding of how to make a Spanish guitar.

The course runs for 4 weeks and in that time the student will build a classical or a flamenco guitar from scratch using only raw materials without using pre-fabricated components. In that time the guitar will be completed and ready to take home with a basic coat of varnish that is adequate for the guitar to be played. To ensure the best teaching standards each group is made up of only 3 students.

The materials that are provided in the course are:

For a Classical Guitar:

  • Indian rosewood back and sides, bridge and head plate
  • German spruce or cedar for the soundboard
  • Cedrela for the neck
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Fusteros machine heads or similar
  • Hard case

For a Flamenco Guitar:

  • Cypress or Indian rosewood back and sides
  • German spruce or cedar for the soundboard
  • Cedrela for the neck
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Fusteros machine heads or similar
  • Hard case

Other timbers could be supplied if required (this may incur an additional cost)