James is a professional guitar maker and has made a splendid job of making the renaissance lute in rosewood with holly spacers. You can see more pictures of his work on http://www.worlandguitars.com/projects/RenLute/Ren%20lute01.html
Philippe is the first of the people on the renaissance course to send pictures of his completed lute back, and very smart it looks too. But then he has been making very fine baroque guitars for some time so it is not surprising! He has used ebony for the ribs and plumwood for the spacer lines between the ribs.
And now he has finished his lute and played the first notes on it. Philippe is the first person to finish, in fact before the course itself!
Masahiko from Japan has just sent these photos of his mould which all looks just right, as well as the splendid looking striped back of indian rosewood and hard maple which he has built on it. .
Robert has been selflessly making this lute for his son, Eric. His chosen wood turned out not to be suitable for planing and had to be scraped to thickness. This was exhausting but explains his tribute picture of the Lie Nielson scraper plane!
Edmond Beylerian from Michigan, USA has just sent these photos of his mould which looks just fine. He reports having to adjust the cross-sections to get them to fit the spine and outline in spite of taking great care in transferring the tracings from the plans. But the result looks perfect.
Stephen Fine from England has been getting on well with the course as these pictures show. He tells me he is already collecting wood to make a six course version of the lute when he has finished this seven course version in Indian rosewood. I look forward to seeing more pictures of his progress in due course. He writes:
|Lesson 1 as an example|
|Introduction to the Renaissance lute-building course|