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Ian Weston is a member of the Guild of American Luthiers who studied at the Totnes School of Guitarmaking in England. Weston apprenticed for 4 years at Luthierie MF in Montreal, and pursues ongoing education in the field.  Weston Instruments is also equipped with one of the few Plek machines in Canada, and is a memeber of the Plek service and support team. The shop is a service centre for both C.F. Martin, Santa Cruz and Taylor Guitars.

Source: Weston Instruments website (24 September 2021)


David Wren has been building guitars since the mid 1970s.  He started out as an apprentice with Jean-Claude Larrivee in 1973. During his time with Larrivee he was able to work with other talented luthiers including Grit LaskinLinda Manzer, Sergei de Jonge, Tony Duggan-Smith and George Gray. He started his own workshop in 1977 and for the next 10 years produced around 20 instruments per year. He focused on acoustic guitars ranging from his original Concert body style to Orchestra Models and Dreadnoughts, as well as hand carved archtop jazz guitars.

Bruce West

Bruce West first introduction to the world of violin making was when he worked for a summer with George Heinl in Toronto as a 12 year old. Bruce's father was the well known violinist Rober West. West later worked to provide tooling for Jean Larrivee - while Larrivee returned the favour by working on a guitar with West at his workshop. Bruce rubbed shoulders with Grit Laskin, Linda Manzer, David Wren and Sergei de Jonge who were all working for Jean Larrivee at the time. Bruce befriended Darryl Williams, a luthier who specialized in making baroque instruments and classical guitars. Bruce worked alongside Darryl and at one point built six guitars for him.

David Whiteman

David Whiteman (born 1965) is one of Britain’s leading guitar makers. He made his first instrument at the age of 16. In 1984 he enrolled on a guitar making course at the London Collage of Furniture. He started his own workshop in 1987 in Sussex making classical guitars. From 1992-2001 he was Senior Lecturer at the London Guildhall University, where he specialised in teaching guitar making. Since then he has concentrated on making his own instruments. David has contributed to many books including Guitar Through the Ages (2002) by James Westbrook and Eyewitness Companions-Guitar (2004) by Richard Chapman.

Source: David Whiteman Guitars website (23 September 2021)

Mark Wescott

Mark Wescott began his training as an apprentice in cabinet making and furniture restoration. His interest in guitars was a natural outgrowth of his being a member of a musical household in which there are numerous violins, violas, and cellos. Although surrounded by classical instruments, his enjoyment of guitar music led him to combine his woodworking skills and his background in the pursuit of guitar building.In 1980 he attended the Charles Fox Research and Design School and built his first guitar under the guidance of George Morris. At this point, he refitted his cabinet making shop to accommodate his new interest in guitar making. In 1982 Mark attended Richard Schneider’s Kasha Design Seminar and continued on in apprenticeship for one year.

Armin Weller

Armin Weller was a guitar maker from Markneukirchen, Germany. He was one of the old school German master luthiers, living in the former eastern Germany. Due to the rules of the communist government private enterprise was not allowed so he worked with Musima who produced an "Armin Weller" line of instruments. After German reunification he opened his own workshop and continued to make top quality guitars. Weller died around 2007.

Carson Crickmore

Phil Carson Crickmore was born in Melbourne Australia in 1956. In 1972 he began an apprenticeship in cabinet making and furniture making. On completing his apprenticeship Carson Crickmore began to show interest in the possibilities of building guitars, Eventually he started a small workshop in 1980 in Warrandyte Victoria and began to build his first guitars. Under the mentorship of Master Violin and Cello maker Warren Nolan Fordam, Carson Crickmore was introduced to stringed instrument making. In 1984 Carson Crickmore was accepted in to the State Craft Centre in North Melbourne Victoria and for the three years Carson Crickmore produced a large number of individually designed hand built guitars which were sold through his workshops and through retail. Over the following years Carson Crickmore has been consistently building and producing stringed instruments and is now building from his workshops in Castlemaine Victoria. He also teaches guitar making.

Thomas Lloyd

Thomas Lloyd Guitars (TLG) was founded in 1993 by luthier Chris Wynne. Teaching people to build handcrafted acoustic guitars, TLG’s first school began in a horse stable in Victoria’s Yarra Valley. They soon moved to larger premises at the Montsalvat artist colony in Eltham.  For the next seventeen years TLG ran guitar building schools in Australia, Italy, France and Japan. In 2014, Rod McCracken joined TLG as a student and went on to buy the business. McCracken moved the business to The Guitar Room in Kilmore, Victoria where they carry on teaching artisan guitar building.

 Source: Thomas Lloyd Guitars website (14 September 2021)

Alex Welch

Alex Welch made his first guitar as a 17 year old and went on to build several more guitars during his high-school years at Billanook College before making an acoustic guitar with Thomas Lloyd Guitars (TLG). Chris Wynne from TLG him a strong grounding in the fundamentals of building guitars. He studied furniture design at RMIT where he met Phil Carson Crickmore of Carson Crickmore guitars. Crickmore help him take his guitars to the next level. He now builds custom made acoustic and electric guitars in Melbourne. He also sets up and repairs instruments.

Source: Alex Welch Guitars website (achived 2015)

Richard Jacob Weissgerber

Richard Jacob Weissgerber (1877 - 1960) was a well known guitar maker from Markneukirchen. His father was also a guitar maker - Carl August Jacob (1846 - 1918). His maternal grandfather, master luthier Christian Wilhelm Seidel, was responsible for his early training. Between 1891 and 1894 he trained as a zither maker and then worked three years as a zither maker's assistant. After military service from 1897 to 1899 in Strasbourg, he turned to guitar making. He was an assistant to the master guitar maker Wilhelm Voigt for six years. In 1905 Richard Jacob started an independent career as a master instrument maker, though working first in the workshop of his father until his marriage in 1911 to Maria Magdalena Wächter of Töpen.


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