20 years ago I made my first guitar. Since, I have worked with many different kinds of guitars, and with guitars in many different ways. This magical little object is deeply fascinating to me; as a tool to create music, as an amplifier, its part in history, as an artistic object, as traditional craft, as knowledge, as biographies and most of all; as culture - shared and diverse at the same time.
It is through these experiences I make guitars today. I offer traditionally hand-made guitars as they have developed through history: renaissance, baroque, romantic and classical guitars. My clients are professional musicians, amateurs, students, and art collectors. Normally I make my guitars on commission, but I also have finished guitars availiable. The process of making guitars is more than production: it is an artistic search that changes over time. It involves developing taste, accuracy, understanding and intuition. The guitars I offer are part of this process and one of a kind.
My guitars are made with natural materials. Woods are from sustainable sources or re-use, roses are parchment, finishes are oils and bug secretion, glues are skin and bone, frets are gut og metal. The strings are the only petroleum based part of the instrument, although I do offer gut strings on demand. During winter I spend time in the forest collecting wood for guitars and fire. Ash, alder, spruce, maple, cherry, pear, plum and aspen are from local sources. I also offer walnut, cypress, rosewoods, ebony, mongoy, cedar, cedrela and mahogany, mostly from fsc sources.
The costumer can order a new guitar (see process here) or buy from what I have available. I make my guitars one at a time, using traditional methods - from drawing to finishing. Most work is done with knives, planes, rasps, saws, chisels and a little bandsaw. Pieces are made separately and mounted on a solera. I prefer French polishing to finish the instruments, although I also offer oil - particularly on early guitar tops and necks.
I can build different timbrical qualities into a guitar, but in the end it is the guitarist that finds hers or his sonic colors in the instrument. Sound is bound in preference which is subjective.
Every guitar is a compromise of different qualities. Volume, balance between registers, comfort, response, sweetness, dynamics, susatain, weight, esthetics, solidity, ergonomics are all qualities that needs to be balanced. They can be accommodated your technique and taste.
Where I do not compromise though, is in the building quality. My guitars are made for many years of honest service.