About

The goal of this blog is simply to make the best amateur or hobbyist luthier’s blog available. The intention I had in creating this was not to simply create a blog, but to create something more akin to an “Amateur Luthiers Online Magazine”, because while there are a number of great online communities, there are limited articles that explore interesting topics in Lutherie – even among professional luthiers, sources for interesting articles pertaining to guitar building are pretty much singly limited to the Guild of American Lutherie (GAL) magazines and publications.

About the Author

Many blogs seem to come across as a “me-fest” – this is not the intention here. I’d like this blog to focus on interesting articles, tips, tricks, techniques, builds, reviews, etc. as much as possible. I will post some of my own personal endeavors, but I’d much rather learn while helping others to learn. Although I don’t like talking about myself too much, for the purpose of the ‘about’ page, here is a little about myself: I am Anthony Murkar, and I am currently a student of Psychology in Ontario, Canada. I work as a research assistant in a Sleep Research lab at a Canadian university where I spend most of my time working on various research projects. I have built (as of the time I wrote this page) 6-7 completed guitars and have three in progress – all electrics so far. My ultimate goal is to build classical guitars, but I would also love to design 3D models to produce a small production run of the solid body electric I designed, the Newman ‘J-11’, using CNC. My other passion is Photography (but I ended up selling most of my equipment in order to fund my efforts at guitar building!).

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13 thoughts on “About”

  1. This is a great blog Anthony! I’m only a guitar player, not a guitar maker, but although I have zero skills in making things, I am fascinated by the art/craft/science of the luthier. Looking forward to future posts.
    Cheers
    Michael

  2. I’m afraid the links for plans and some photos are down. Thanks for the overview on liquid hide glues, just found your site and look forward to exploring the rest!

    • Hello 🙂 Thanks! yeah unfortunately it’s an ongoing issue…a number of the photos on the website have unfortunately been lost after I lost the site where I hosted the images. I am glad you found the liquid hide glues section useful – happy building! 🙂

  3. Man i love your blog. I really wanna make that hand plane with the metal sides at some point. Are there any plans on how to make it or is it easy enough to kinda eyeball?

    • Hey 🙂 These are a lot more difficult to make than they look unfortunately haha – it took me a couple before I got to the point where I was satisfied with the final product. There are no plans online or anything (these ones are planes that I designed for guitar building) but you can find plans online for a dovetail infill plane, which is just the same thing but with a metal sole as well as the sides. It is tricky to do such as small infill plane because the wood cracks – the pins are not just glued in but go through the whole width of the plane; the outside of the holes in the sides are tapered and the nthe pins are hammered with a ball pien hammer to fill in the countersunk area. So these are assembled with no glue at all.

      If you want to make some planes I’d recommend starting with a Krenov (unless you’ve made one before) and then test out some planes with metal 🙂 If you want to see some truly amazing infill planes I would highly recommend checking out Sauer and Steiner, there is a blog there with Konrad Sauer’s work (his planes make mine look like garbage haha)

      • wow, thanks for the reply dude! you’re an extremely talented guy, i’ll follow your advice and if i end up with something cool i’ll let you know!

    • Thanks! Definitely let me know if you make something, would love to see it 🙂 If you try to make a dovetail plane take note of the “impossible” dovetail joint, it looks straight forward when finished but there is a trick to doing dovetails in metal for infill planes that is not the same as dovetails in wood 🙂

  4. Great blog! I especially like your tips & tricks posts. I’m working on my second acoustic guitar, but am planning to make an electric guitar next.

    • Hey – thank you! Your blog is excellent as well haha 🙂 That is great…I am planning an acoustic build, I have been wanting to do so for a long time but my first efforts at building an OM didn’t turn out so well (partly because I didn’t invest in a proper side bender so I wasn’t satisfied with my results). I will definitely keep an eye out for progress on you builds and electric build if you share it on your blog 😀

  5. Hello, I was wondering if you could email me the name of the piece you played in your review and sound sample for the La Patrie Etude?
    Thanks.
    P.S. Planning on buying one of these soon!

    • Hello – definitely! I haven’t played it in quite a while, I’ll have to find the music book it was in and get you the name and composer. I’ll try to find it tonight. 🙂

    • Sorry 😦 I looked for the name of that piece…it’s been a while since I played it but I find it. I feel like maybe it was Fernando Sor or maybe Carulli – it’s from one of the RCM classical guitar books, I have the sheet music somewhere…will still try to find it though.

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