One Sunday I went out to buy a clock and came back having signed up for a lute-making course.
The course entailed making the lute using mostly original methods and tools and very little modern technology, hence the long timescale of almost a year.
It’s a six course lute with a sounding string length of 640mm. The instrument is in the style of Hans Frei (from the bologna school of lute making) and modelled on a 1550’s design. It has a flamed ash back, a spruce soundboard (the rose is hand carved), walnut fingerboard, and a sycamore neck and pegbox, fitted with boxwood pegs. Other notable features include the use of hide glue in its construction, as well as using good quality Aquilla strings. Made under the tutelage of luthier Paul Egholm of Barleylands. I’m now moving on to other stringed instruments so watch this site. Below is a link to a film of my tutor playing my lute.