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I hand make musical instruments, furniture and wooden objects. I mainly make musical instruments, lately banjos. I make electric guitars as Onodrim Custom Guitars and I run Shackleton Instruments, making banjos and other acoustic instruments. I'm always experimenting with new construction techniques and timbers.
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    Pronto Joinery — Norwich, United Kingdom
  • Head Luthier/ Production Manager / Executive Director
    Shackleton Instruments — United Kingdom
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At Newark and Sherwood College in Newark-on-Trent, I studied the hand crafting of classical guitars for two years. I then went on to university to study Furniture: Fine Craft and design B.A.(hons). I have worked as a Cabinet Maker and a Joiner and a finisher but I have always been making musical instruments. I lik… Read More
At Newark and Sherwood College in Newark-on-Trent, I studied the hand crafting of classical guitars for two years. I then went on to university to study Furniture: Fine Craft and design B.A.(hons). I have worked as a Cabinet Maker and a Joiner and a finisher but I have always been making musical instruments. I like to source my wood locally and sustainably where I can. There is a very satisfying feeling to be had walking through a sawmill, imagining the instruments within the lumber. Once the wood has been chosen its orientation can be decided, to give the best figure on the finished instrument. The variation in colour, figure, and structure in timber from different trees of the same species, or even different pieces of the same tree can be dramatic. It is this variety and unpredictability that makes working with wood so satisfying. Every piece of wood will react differently. I only use clear natural finishes, I believe that they improve the tone of the instrument and I feel that they best show the quality of the materials beneath. Making an instrument is like making a tool, it will inspire and it will be used to create yet more beautiful works. It will last at least one lifetime. Read Less
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www.timbernorwich.co.uk
www.axminster.co.uk
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