#1
I'm around that age where i should be deciding what to do with my life. and i would LOVE to get into lutherie or just guitar making in general. I've looked up courses like TAFE, but theres nothing i can find that shows how to even get started with lutherie. Can anybody give me some advice as to how i could go about finding an apprenticeship or course or anything that would give me a kick start in this area?
thanks
#2
Design Technology/Woodwork maybe?
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#3
You mentioned TAFE, that suggests you're an Aussie.

Good luck, there isnt any courses that will give you training to be a luthier. You'll have to travel to the USA or Europe (maybe UK?) for that. There are some $2500-4000 courses in Oz that will see you build a nice guitar though.

I started out as a Carpenter, finished that trade, then restarted as a Cabinet Maker. Cabinet Making has changed in the past 10-15 years though, and its mainly flat panel work. Depending on the state you are in, there are even different cabinet making apprenticeships. You dont want a job working where its all flat panel work. Even a "decent" cabinet makers wont teach you that much in common with building guitars.

I say find something else, and do the building as a hobby and work it up into a career from there. Be your own boss.

Of course, there is Maton and Cole Clark. Minimum wage, one job, no training outside of that one job. A friend on mine has the job of sanding the bracing. Thats all he's ever done. His third year this year. He makes guitars at home for fun/sale, but they wont let him do anything else at Maton. They have a high turn over rate because of that, but you'll get to see guitars being made every day.

Regards,
Perry Ormsby

Pevious builds:
HERE!
#4
Yeah, Perry is right, there isnt much here on Oz...
Perry's course is apparently awesome, I hope he does some when I get the cash !!! I've been to Maton, pretty cool place, Perry's friend is probably going to move up the luthierie tree there in a few years like Andy Allen (Maton's Custom Shop Luthier) did!
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#5
Quote by excaliber9
Yeah, Perry is right, there isnt much here on Oz...
Perry's course is apparently awesome, I hope he does some when I get the cash !!! I've been to Maton, pretty cool place, Perry's friend is probably going to move up the luthierie tree there in a few years like Andy Allen (Maton's Custom Shop Luthier) did!

way to bump a 4 year old thread.