Here goes my story. Of how I entered luthiery (making and repairing musical instruments). It all started in my grandfather's workshop. I would poke around his shop because the place was cool. There were lots of tools, and wood in there and I also found my first playboy magazine in his shop! So one day he showed me how to clamp a piece of wood in a vice and how to cut it with a saw. At 5 or 6 years old, this blew my mind. I came up with plans to make a robot (a dream not yet realized!) and I couldn't stop fantasizing about all the possibilities. Then in Junior high school we had shop class, so there was the bandsaw, sanding machine, drill press, and that blew me away even more. I made my mother a wooden cross, and an ashtray. Not long after I discovered music. I learned how to play guitar, and then I realized I wanted to make one. But to make a guitar means you have to have a lot of your own tools, and the skills to build one. Fast forward to when I was 18 years old. I would get the guitar making magazines, and I'd look at the tools and how expensive they were, and all the beautiful woods. But again, everything was so expensive, there was no way to do this on my own. A few years later I found a guitar maker living in upstate, NY. I asked him if he would teach me guitar making, he said no. He died a year later. I asked another guitar maker, HE died a year later! Then I met a violin maker, asked him if he would teach me, and without him knowing it, he saved his life and agreed to teach me! So I started with violins, then sonehow started making ouds because I started to play oud after traveling to the Middle-East and being inspired by the haunting tone of the oud. But still, never made a guitar. So a life long dream has begun to be fulfilled!
Here the wood for the back was joined, the sides bent, and I will begin making the mould.