Aaron Radford has put together an excellent site for those interested in the Weissenborn guitar. Its loaded with history, videos, musicians, instrument makers, facts about wood and player resources. Check it out at http://www.theweissenborninformationexchange.com/
So much history. Tons of pictures. A must have for fans of the Hawaiian guitar. Preview can be found here lhttp://www.noeenterprises.com/Noeweb3/Preview.html.
Adam is a musician in Victoria, BC. His primary instrument is the hollowneck slide guitar but he plays many more. He is currently working on a full length instrumental album. Pre-release copies and info can be found at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/adam-bay-instrumental-album#/story
Go and visit Michael Powell at Classic Guitars on Fort in Victoria, BC. A great shop with a great selection of new, vintage and unique instruments. In particular, there are a few hollowneck guitars that I think are quite nice. 828 Fort St.
Joe has a small shop in Ladysmith, BC. He makes all kinds of instruments with an outside-the-box approach. His designs are unique and refreshing. Radical curves, unusual sized soundholes, extra strings, dyes, colours, laminated braces, non-traditional tonewoods and a wicked ear, all make Joe's guitars stand alone.
And he's a really nice dude. Check him out at www.egancustomguitars.com.
Neil Russell. To him, making an instrument is like a bodily function. Before I get out of bed in the morning he has half an instrument constructed. And although no blog post could ever say enough about him, I'd like to say a few things.
Neil has made a huge amount of guitars, Weissenborn copies, mandolins, mandocellos, octave mandolins, lutes..... the list is very long. Pictured above holding a few of his soundhole cutouts, so you can see what I mean. He spent years working in a machine shop and as a result, he makes all his own jigs, specialized tools and custom machinery to complete his tasks perfectly, every time. He has been honing his craft for about 30 years.
I met him about 8 years ago. Now, not only is he my 'mentor', he is also one of my best friends. There are no secrets with him. He is as generous with the knowledge he has acquired in guitar making, as he is with his invites to Christmas dinner. I hope he never reads this "sap" but, I just felt I had to share my experience of him. Eternally garetful to the Big Guy.
For those who haven't yet stumbled upon him in the guitar making community, be sure to check him out at www.celticcrossinstruments.com.
I was recently on Salt Spring Island, BC for a few days. In addition to enjoying the beauty of the island, I thought I'd get in touch with a few local luthiers to see if I could sneak some peeks at their shops and such. I emailed Grant Wickland to see if he was up for spending some time together. He promptly responded saying that he was busy but agreed to let me come by for a visit.
I had met Grant on a few occasions at our Island Luthiers Guild shows but never got a chance to chat at any kind of length, so I looked forward to this. For those who aren't familiar with Grant Wickland, he is a maker of incredible banjos, resonator guitars, mandolins and all kinds of other great instruments.
After spending some time in his shop and looking at all his current projects, we moved into the room of finished instruments. This was a musicians candy store. A room full of banjos, guitars, mandolins, violins, and instruments from all over the world. My particular favourite was the "Dobro Veena." A 20 stringed indian classical instrument (shown in picture above) with a german silver body fitted with a National pickup. I couldn't put it down as it was such a joy to play.
It was great to visit with Grant and I found him to be a humble, generous, extremely talented and clever man. Check out his stuff at wicklandinstruments.com.