LGRP is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to study, demonstrate and communicate
the possibilities of building acoustic and classical guitars from non-tropical woods.
The LGR-Project consists of 4 educational partners (lutherie schools, knowledge center) and 4 independent luthiers from different European countries:
More info about the Project Partners:
Together with their school partner "CVO- Rivierenland" (Centre for Adult Education) , they offer a large variety of top level training programmes. The CMB/CVO tandem is the only place in Belgium and even on mainland Europe to offer the full range of practically based courses in the making of all string instruments:
- Violin, viola, cello, double bass, viola da gamba and bow making
- Classical and flamenco guitars, lute, Arabic ud, steel-string acoustic and electric guitar, jazz guitar,
solid body guitar, acoustic bass guitar, electric double bass, resonator guitar, mandolin and so on…
- Harpsichord, clavichord, and spinet…
Every week, the CMB welcomes students from Flanders, Wallonia, the Netherlands, France and other countries. They have a very diverse student community with a mix of ages, nationalities and backgrounds.
All teachers are specialists in the trade and apart from teaching, they maintain their workshops to keep up with an ever evolving practice.
They set up activities like complementary lectures and workshops, meetings with prominent musicians, makers and experts, study trips to museums and schools for instrument making and exhibitions and meetings with large audiences.
Furthermore, the CMB offers the following services:
- An extensive documentation centre (books, instrument plans, professional journals)
- A shop for the purchase of tools and accessories specific to instrument making.
- A fully stocked store of mature wood.
The Guitar making department of the IKATA school, Ikalinen Finland
Luthiers build and repair plucked instruments as well as provide maintenance services as independent entrepreneurs or in music instrument shops. Studies at the department cover the whole range of instruments from acoustic to electric guitars as well as bass guitars, mandolines and some more rare varieties of picked instruments.
The department has exceptionally good contacts with the working life; the majority of luthiers currently active in Finland are former students of IKATA.
For further information please contact Tero Siroma, teacher guitar making > email@example.com
Newark College, UK
School of Musical Instrument Crafts
The School of Musical Instrument Crafts, based at Newark College, enjoys a worldwide reputation as a centre of excellence for the traditional craft of Instrument Making, Restoration and Repair. The School is the only centre in the UK to offer a full range of practical courses in the making, restoration and repair of the stringed instruments of the violin family, the repair and making of woodwind instruments, classical guitar making and training in piano tuning and restoration. The Diploma students can achieve at the College is highly regarded by professionals in the trade.
The School continues to lead the way, developing standards and qualifications that are recognised throughout the world by the trade and producing prize winning students.
Our strength lies in the fact that training is based at the bench, rather than at the desk, ensuring that students leave with the highest quality skills and understanding. All our students make their own precision tools to use for instrument making and repair tasks. They gain an additional qualification for this work.
All our teaching staff work as professionals in the trade so they stay up to date with the changing demands of the trade and its customers. All staff are committed to tailoring the course programme to individuals’ own particular needs and aspirations by offering one to one support.
Our graduating students are equipped with the necessary practical and business skills to gain employment or self employment within the trade.
The Guitar School at Newark College
The Guitar school offers a highly specialised practical programme that has been established since 1984. It is situated at the heart of the college campus. It teaches the craft of making classical guitars using the traditional Spanish method.
The tutors are all professional makers offering a range of techniques and expertise in making bespoke classical and steel stringed guitars. The course has strong links with many professional musicians and makers who visit us to lead special workshops and lectures, as well as providing students with valuable feedback and comments about their work. The quality of student’s work is highly regarded by musicians and the lutherie trade. Internationally renowned musician Pierre Bensusan is a Patron.
The whole programme consists of two stages enabling students to join it with woodworking skills that are basic or more advanced. By the end of their studies, students will have built a minimum of three guitars of contrasting designs. When students complete the whole programme they will be equipped with the knowledge and practical skills to enable them to be guitar makers in their own right.
Rémi Petiteau - France
After obtaining his baccalaureate S, he earned a degree in musicology to Saint Etienne. He plays the guitar (gypsy rock) in various formations and trying several instruments (oud, piano, bagpipes ...). He then decided to train in several cabinet Auvergne. Meanwhile he fills his passion for nature, especially plants and trees.
A CAP woodworking in his pocket, he followed a comprehensive lutherie training in Cmb (Belgium) which appears as a revelation.
He received several degrees thus validating its expertise maker: manufacture of steel string guitars "flat top" (electric guitars, acoustic gypsy jazz) guitars "archtop" carved lute (oud and) and finally classical guitars and flamenco.
As top of the bill Rémi received the Golden Fingerplane 2011, an award for excellent builders.
He has his own workshop now in France
Chris Larkin, Ireland
Chris Larkin made his first guitar in 1977 and, as of today, he has created more than 700 instruments built by hand and sold all over the world.
He is self taught and from the beginning was keen to use Irish woods in his instruments and this ideal continues today.
Chris was delighted to be asked to join the board of The Leonardo Guitar Research Project as their aims are a good fit with his philosophy concerning the use of non-tropical hardwoods.
He lives on the west coast of Ireland with his painter wife Syra. They have a floor each in their purpose built workshop and studio overlooking the sea.
His primary activities are the production and restoration of both fretted and bow instruments. He is publisher and founded the LF Editions in 2007 and has written and edited various catalogues as well as several publications on the themes of classical lutherie and antique plucked instruments, the latter of which he is also a renowned collector and expert.
He lives and works in Modena (Italy).
Thomas Holt, Spain
Thomas Holt is a Danish born guitar maker living and working in Spain where he has specialized in the making of fine classical and flamenco guitars.
Before dedicating himself to the guitar he worked (among other things) with acoustics and fine woodworking, which has provided him with a broad knowledge and experience on woods not commonly used in guitar making.
Due to this experience and a general interest in the project, he willingly accepted the invitation when asked to participate as a professional partner in the Leonardo Guitar Research Project.
His work is deeply rooted in the Spanish tradition and to ensure the quality he has only a limited annual production of instruments of the highest craftsmanship that are valued by guitarist and prestigious dealers all over the world.
In September 2011 he took off to California to join the Santa Cruz Guitar Company for a few years. Working at this company was for Markjan a great opportunity to build up his flight hours as a luthier. He was part of the production crew and responsible for the service and repairs.
In return for this opportunity he is using his experience and old profession as a mechanical engineer.
He spends half of the time advising and working on production- and tooling improvements.
This project was first supported and funded by the
Leonardo da Vinci Programme
and is since 2014 funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.