Author: Francesco

Finding wood for the Neckblock

A couple of weeks ago I went to a lumberyard nearby my house here in Virginia. I had never been to a lumber yard before, so I was very curious to see what I would have found there. As a wannabe luthier, I was mostly interested in finding some nice quarter-sawn wood, but I must […]

My tonewood is cracking!

A couple of weeks ago I bought some really nice tonewood from Aron Hix on eBay. This wood will be the soul of my first guitar build! I got a nice Adirondack Spruce top, very nicely quartered, and a Pau Ferro back and side set. I left the wood flat on a surface and kind […]

My first woodworking tools

I have been spending some time researching and buying some of the tools I need. Here is what I got so far: Japanese King water stone for sharpening (+ a Nagura stone to create the slur); Veritas green honing compound to be used with a leather strop (which I am going to build soon); Japanese […]

Buying the (right) tools

Buying tools (the right ones!) is probably one of the most difficult things that a lutherie novice has to deal with in the beginning, or at least it is for me! Let’s be honest: there are so many tools available, at so many different price levels, that it is very easy to start buying everything […]

Notebook and some tools

I started buying some of the tools needed for the construction during the fall time, after reading most of David Van Edward’s instructions. It was not an easy task – being a complete noob in woodworking I had to learn at the same time the function of each specific tool, what would be best to […]

My First Lute

Here we are with the fist instrument that I will (try) to build! 🙂 As I mentioned in the previous post, I will follow the “Build your own Renaissance Lute” course by the famous British luthier David Van Edwards. David really made a fantastic job in guiding the student with step-by-step procedures, explaining in a […]


Although I am not new to classical guitar (been playing it since I was a kid for about 28 years now!) I am very new to lutherie! I have been thinking about building instruments for the past 15 years, I have read tons of guitar making books and, finally, I can start for real! I […]