Tom and Daisy are guitarmakers from North Yorkshire. They feel a duty to cross-pollinate this potentially insular practice by interviewing experts, influencers and craftspeople to enrich knowledge, share experience and change perceptions.
Sönke Meinen has toured all around the world, uniting a myriad of musical influences from jazz to classical to world music in his compositions and arrangements along the way. In this episode, Sönke expands upon his backstory, his compositional processes, and what the future holds.
For the video version of this interview, click here.
Sonore 2019 is a wrap for this year, but we're excited in this episode to debrief the event and talk about what made Sonore stand out as a guitar festival. We also hear about Millimetric Instruments, chatting about design, company origins and direction.
How did a furniture maker from Berlin become a YouTube sensation cutting Japanese Joinery? Well, in a genre populated by samey DIY instructables Dorian Bracht stands out. His films are put together as beautifully as the joints themselves. In a style that has more in common with arthouse cinema than typical woodworking videos. Read the text edition of this episode at www.tomsandsguitars.com/blog.
We talk with Florian Schneider about Montreal's hottest guitar festival, Sonore.
Sonore is happening on the 13th - 15th of September, at the Agora Hydro-Quebec.
Find out more here: https://www.sonorefestival.ca/en/home/
See you there!
For this episode of 'The Interval' we wanted to document the talk Tom gave at John Smedley Knitwear in Jermyn Street, London last week.
This is a live recording of the event. Tom is interviewed by Jess Mcguire-Dudley, John Smedley's Marketing and Design director, followed by a performance of 'Jupiter' by Will McNicol. 'Jupiter' was inspired by his Will McNicol Signature Model S.
Michael Watts - friend, guitarist and wisdom giver. We speak to Michael about his musical career, experiences and the philosophies, passions and protocols that drive him. Special guest Ruby the spaniel.
Michael's website: https://michaelwattsguitar.com/home
Josh knows the landscape of Hawaii better than most, and more so the forests, which famously contain the sought-after tonewood, Koa. Josh is the third generation in his family to continue harvesting and processing Hawaiian Koa, and subsequently he is one of the most knowledgable people to speak to about this amazing wood. Josh's responsibility is first and foremost to the trees and the lands in which they grow, and he very much feels a part of the environment in which he works. He ensures that he forms relationships with his buyers, so that he can take pleasure in seeing the wood he sells from forest floor to finished instrument.
Anne is a farmer, woodworker, writer, blogger, YouTuber, you name it - she's made a name as someone committed to working with their hands, while promoting positivity and dedication in the name of passion. Seven years ago, she quit her tech job, and now she lives on a farm with over 80 animals (not to mention a small population of bees).
She opens up to us about her decision to leave the tech industry, her community on instagram and beyond, and the life she has chosen to live full time.
Will McNicol visited North Yorkshire this weekend to pick up his new Signature Model S. After one (or three) celebratory whiskies, we spoke to him about his composition techniques, what his new guitar 'Jupiter' has inspired, and what we can expect from the future.
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