Category Archives: lutherie

observations and musings on instrument making in general

The Whale Guitar

The Whale Guitar……. is a project put together by some very talented folks in my hometown of Providence, RI. I am most honored to be part of this, and really happy to see it coming together so well.

Posted in announcements, lutherie, news and events | 1 Comment

New Bridge

This is a bridge I started designing a couple years ago; and after much tweaking and refining, I had a small run of them fabricated by eMachineShop. Recently, I have been liking fixed intonation bridges for their simplicity and lack … Continue reading

Posted in announcements, lutherie, news and events | 12 Comments

Taking a break

I repost this blog on two different Facebook pages. One is the Dismal Ax page, in which I post instrument related articles. The other is called “The Hollow Life,” and is a journal of sorts; mostly centered on my experience … Continue reading

Posted in dismalia, lutherie, news and events, ruminations, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A couple oldies

I recently visited my hometown of Providence, RI, where I had left a few guitars at an art gallery three years ago, and brought back the two that were still there: These are from the early days of Dismal Ax, … Continue reading

Posted in lutherie, news and events, ruminations | 2 Comments

Something a little different…

This is what I am calling a “Banjimer.” It is essentially a hybrid of a banjo and a dulcimer, and I made it for Shanti Curran, of Arborea For those unfamiliar, the dulcimer is a traditional Appalachian folk instrument played … Continue reading

Posted in completed axes, lutherie | 3 Comments


Three Barnstormer laminated neck blanks. From left~ walnut and osage orange; cherry and cucumbertree; walnut and cucumbertree. The one on the right will end up looking like this: I am very picky about the wood I use for one piece … Continue reading

Posted in lutherie, wood, work in progress | Leave a comment