Category: lutherie


The Making of a Mandoline – Windsor Magazine XVIII…

I have just discovered an article published in the Windsor Magazine Vol. XVII in 1903 about a mandolin workshop in the UK. The author describes the steps used for making a mandolin in the workshop of J. G. Winder. Winder had started the making of mandolins in the UK. He is also known as a builder of zither banjos.


Source: Windsor Magazine, Vol. XVIII, 1903

Gallery – The Making of a Mandoline

(klick any image to start gallery!)

Additional information

The Vintage Banjo Maker about J. G. Winder

Zitherbanjo by J.G. Winder – Zither Banjo Website

A postcard by Raffaele Calace (1904) - Back with mandolyra, liuto and guitar lutherie

A Postcard by Raffaele Calace for Paul Decourcelle –…

I have recently bought a postcard written by Raffaele Calace in 1904. The postcard was sent to Paul Decourcelle who had a publishing company in Nice in France around 1900. He has also published his own compositions under the pseudonym Heinrich Tellam, some of his compositions were quite popular at that time.

Click one of the smal images to open the gallery where you can see and also download the images in full size.

Additional information

Link collection Paul Decourcelle

Link collectionCalace


Great Videos about the Construction of a Classical Guitar…

This is a great video about the construction of a classical guitar:

Classical guitar making. My 24th guitar build

Highlights from making my classical guitar featuring the builder playing the finished instrument.

The back and sides of this guitar are Indian rosewood. The top is western red cedar. The neck is Spanish cedar. Fret board is Macassar ebony. The rosette is a maple burl.

Another video showing how a classical guitar has been built during a workshop within 10 days:

10 Day Guitar

Highlights of a guitar being built in 10 days in a private course with Robert O’Brien –

Additional Information

youtube channel of Stephen Boone

Website Stephen Boone Guitars:

youtube channel OBrien Guitars – Luthier Tips du Jour


The Sabionari Guitar and the Tuscan Violin – Two…

The instruments built by Antionio Stradivari are world famous. Most of those instruments are found today in museums or collections, others are played by some of the best musicians today.

Today I would like to present two of Stradivaris instruments – the Sabionari guitar and the Tuscan violin.

The Sabionari Guitar

The guitar name Sabionari guitar has been restored in 2011 and is now in a playable condition. It has been brought back to Cremona where is has been built centuries ago. The Stradivari Foundation will show this instrument and organize concerts where the guitar can be heard.

The Sabionari Guitar will be entrusted to the Stradivari Foundation in Cremona. The Foundation through the network Friends of Stradivari will let the world know this precious guitar and its sound. Friends of Stradivari will organize expositions and auditions in the Stradivari Museum in Cremona and in Europe.

On the website you can find interesting information about the instrument and its history, including a beautiful album with pictures of the restored guitar:


The Tuscan Stradivari Violin

In the Internet Archiv I have found a scan of a littel booklet about the Tuscan Strad which has been published in 1889 in London:

In the booklet you can find information about the history of this violin which has been built by Stradivari in 1690.

It does also contain the following three beautiful paintings of the Tuscan Strad:




Today this instrument is in the posession of the Museo di Strumenti Musicali dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome:

In the collection of this museum you can also find 12 beautiful mandolns – just use the search function and search for “mandolino”. For each of the instruments you will find pictures which can be zoomed in to show the details of the instruments.

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