We visited Jim Fleeting, an early mentor of Tom's, in his shop in Manchester. Jim is renowned for his repair work, but he also builds a cracking guitar. His approach to his craft is very much 'anyone can learn anything as long as they work hard enough', and after deciding to enroll in an lutherie evening class several years ago, he proved his own philosophy despite never having touched a woodworking tool beforehand.
This week, we've put together a demo concert by Will McNicol from last December's Evening with Tom Sands at the North American Guitar showroom. Will plays #15, Cedar / Madagascar Rosewood Model L (played first), #2, Wenge / Engelmann Spruce OM, #11, Macassar Ebony / Swiss Spruce Model L.
Thanks for listening, we hope you enjoy!
We speak to Steve Keys, the man behind 'Rocklite Ebano®' and 'Rocklite Sundari®' - sustainable alternatives to Ebony and Indian Rosewood. Steve answers your questions, tells us about his company, and how Rocklite® came to be.
It's a new year, and a new episode of your shortest running but favourite Lutherie podcast on the internet!
We have more wine and cheese, and we discussed your questions while reflecting over the holidays. Thanks to everyone who took part, and remember to leave us a question for next week - or tell us how we did, what you'd like to see more of etc in the comments.
Tom and Daisy