Gallery
This is a selection of photos of instruments I have made over the years.
It is not intended to be a complete catalogue of everything I make.
Just some examples of different instruments from various periods.

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4 course medieval lute in g'
9 rib back of rippled maple. Cherry neck and pegbox.
Plum bridge and fingerboard. Boxwood pegs.
Pearwood and parchment roses.
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6 course lute in g'. 60cm. After Dieffopruchar c.1550.
9 rib back of quilted maple. Cherry neck and pegbox.
Plum bridge, Pearwood fingerboard and Boxwood pegs.
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6 course vihuela. String length 64cm. Pitch g' (a=415Hz) or f'# (a=440Hz)
Based on the 'Chambure' vihuela now in the Paris museum.
Back made of 7 double bent ribs in cypress. Sides in 2 pieces with ebony lines
Neck and peghead in cherry. Plum pegs and bridge. Ebony fingerboard.
Rose with two layers of pearwood on parchment.
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7 course lute in g'. 59cm. After Wendelio Venere 1592.
25 rib back in yew. Ebony veneered neck and pegbox.
Plum bridge and pegs. Ebony fingerboard.
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8 course version as above.
Back in Pau Rosa.
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8 course lute in g'. 60cm. After Wendelio Venere C.1590.
13 Ribs of heartwood Yew with ebony lines. Ebony veneered neck and pegbox.
Plum bridge and pegs. Ebony Fingerboard.
8 course 'student' lute in a'. 53cm.
11 rib back in cherry.
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7 course lute in e'. 73cm. After Burkholtzer C1575.
31 rib back in yew. Ebony veneered neck and pegbox.
Stained Plum bridge and pegs. Ebony fingerboard.
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7 course student lute in g'.
Cherry back.
Rock maple neck and pegbox.
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Theorbo in a'. 83cm / 154cm. After Venere c.1610
31 rib back in yew. Triple rose.
Ebony veneered necks.
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Theorbo in a'. 82cm / 154cm. After Venere c.1610
Similar to the previous instrument but the offset roses are based on the famous portrait of Lady Mary Sidney that hangs in Penshurst Place in Kent.
Ebony veneered necks with Holly lines.
Ebony and Holly inlaid heart
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10 course lute in g'. 64cm. After Wendelio Venere.
13 rib back in yew. Ebony veneered neck and pegbox.
Plum bridge, pegs and fingerboard.
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11 course lute baroque lute in the French style. 69cm. After Hans Frei.
11 rib back in rippled ash. Ebony veneered neck and pegbox.
Plum bridge, ebony pegs. Fingerboard with inlaid decoration.
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Smaller scale 11 course lute baroque lute in the French style. 67cm. After Hans Frei.
11 rib back in bird's eye maple. Ebony veneered neck and pegbox.
Ebony capped Plum bridge, blackwood pegs. Fingerboard with inlaid decoration.
Treble rider carved in the form of a dolphin.
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4 course renaissance guitar. 53cm. From various sources.
Vaulted back and sides in cherry and maple.
Carved lion head peg box.
Pearwood and parchment rose.
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5 course baroque guitar in e'. 69cm. After Alex 'le jeune' Voboam, Paris, 1676.
Sides in ebony, back in yew. Ebony and bone/holly decoration. Parchment layered rose.
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5 course baroque guitar in e'. 69cm After Matteo Sellas. Venice.
Vaulted back in yew. Ebony veneered neck and peghead.
Inlaid decoration in soundboard. Layered parchment rose.
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