Gary Southwell studied Guitar Making at The London College of Furniture after which in 1983 he set up his first workshop in Nottingham. At first he specialised in making historical guitars of the early 19th century. In 1989 he created The Temperate Guitar - made using woods only from temperate climates. In the early 1990s he started to make his distinctive A Series Guitars, which drew on the Viennese style of guitar making. He moved to Hough on the Hill, a small village in Lincolnshire in 2011 and began using Fenland Black Oak, also known as Bog Oak, for guitars. In 2018 he moved to Northumberland, where continues to make his own uniquely designed guitars and replicas of famous historical ones.
Source: Gary Southwell guitars website (16 October 2020)