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Learning the Art of Lutherie

"Growing up, I spent a good amount of my time in two places at my parents' home: the kitchen and the basement workshop. My parents were equally patient with me as I learned to create things to eat (notice I did not say they were edible) and create things out of wood (the number of "pasta makers," "boxes," and other inventions that I made would fill a small room). I can proudly say now that I have successfully mastered the basic crafts of cooking and woodworking, although both continue to be a source of continual learning and enjoyment for me.

My father is a hobbyist luthier, and has built 8 wonderful guitars, including the classical that I currently play (an incredibly well balanced and beautiful rosewood and spruce guitar). I was fortunate enough to learn both guitar playing and guitar construction under his patient tutelage (his patience is a continual source of wonderment to me as I am an incredibly stubborn person) prior to attending the University of Western Ontario for my undergraduate degree.

I have moved my small workshop around with me over the past few years, and have built a few guitars along the way. Recently I have been fortunate enough to move to my own home which has space to accommodate a permanent workshop."

Please peruse this page of Emily's website to see the guitars that she has built, and read her blog to follow her current projects.

 

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Your opportunity for a unique instrument

If you are interested in helping me pursue my building career, please consider commissioning a guitar from me! For pricing, building questions, or other inquiries, please contact me using the form below or send me an email at info@emilyshawguitar.ca. I look forward to hearing from you!

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“Madimi” Zodiac Rosette

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Stradivarius “Rawlins” copy

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Maple and Engelmann Spruce Steel-String Acoustic

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Steel String Acoustic Headstock

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“Olivia” Classical Guitar (Purpleheart, Walnut, and Flamed Maple)

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Classical Guitar 013 (Carved Ebony Headstock)

Carved Ebony headstock

Stradivarius “Rawlins” copy

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“Madimi” Flamed Maple back and sides, Ebony binding, Birdseye Maple centre stripe

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“Olivia” Classical Guitar Headstock

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“Madimi” Bearclaw Engelmann Spruce soundboard

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Listen – Indian Rosewood and German Spruce Classical Guitar 013

Listen – Maple and Engelmann Spruce Steel String Acoustic

Listen – Stradivarius “Rawlins” copy