Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/rokcommon/RokCommon/Registry.php on line 381

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/rokcommon/RokCommon/Registry.php on line 394
isiiad - Chris Wynne- Luthier

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/gantry/core/utilities/gantryregistry.class.php on line 326

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/gantry/core/utilities/gantryregistry.class.php on line 339

Chris Wynne- Luthier

Luthier_first_photo_s

John Williams, virtuoso classical guitarist is playing on my ipod. It seems appropriate. Today I learned that my classical guitar guru for so many years, had lessons at Montsalvat from his father Len.  Justus Jorgensen's son Sebastian also learnt from Len.  Apparently Sebastian was very good and played professionally with John Williams at one stage. Phew what a history. In the seventies, the BBC filmed a concert given by John Williams at Montsalvat, for a documentary.  How did I miss that one?

The person to pass these stories on to me today was Chris Wynne, a Luthier.  What a lovely name for an equally lovely occupation.  Luthier means maker of stringed instruments, in this case the guitar.  Six years ago he moved his workshop to Montsalvat, an opportunity which facilitated his dream of working full time, teaching others the gentle art of making guitars and making guitars himself. Hand made guitars, created from Australian timbers such as Sheoak, Blackwood, Bunya Pine, King Billy Pine, and Mulga.

Chris_Wynne_playing_s

Chris treated me to a lovely little piece by Bach outside his workshop.

Chris_Wynne_and_student_s

When I asked Chris what he would like you, dear readers, to know about him, quick as a flash he said,

"I'd like to write a book.  I'd call it affectionately, The Lunacy of the Luthiery.  It would be a book about the fun and stories of teaching people."  

His favourite story is what he calls his "Harry Met Sally" story. I held my breath a bit with this one....I've tried to write down his description of this moment, but somehow it's not nearly as funny as when Chris told me today.  So you'll have to wait for his book if you want to know the details of that one... What a tease.  Suffice to say, that the book and its stories would let you know the joy and in some cases the ecstacy students have experienced as a result of making their own guitar.

clamp_and_guitar_s

Row_of_frames_s

sanding_guitar

In addition to his workshop  at Montsalvat, several years ago, with the aid of his business partner Fiona Mitchell, Chris set up a workshop in Umbria.  For three months of every year, he taught guitar making in arguably one of the most beautiful parts of the world! The only drawback of this workshop was that all of the students couldn't be accommodated there, so Chris searched around for another workshop. As luck would have it, he found a newly renovated Villa in Lucca, which filled the bill perfectly.  In April of this year he will try out his new venue. I know... poor thing... I'm not jealous, really!!  I just want what he's having.

If you would like  to know more about Chris's classes here or in Italy check out his website.

 

Parent Category: Arts
Facebook Image

Fu Hong

Fu Hong - a Retrospective Exhibition FU Hong Window I, oil on canvas, 152 x 122cm. (Photograph courtesy of the artist) The above painting is one of many being exhibited in the… More…

Liz Nettleton

Liz Nettleton I came across Liz's work at the exhibition Symbols of Loss and Recovery at Montsalvat. So I hopped in my car yesterday and headed out to her studio at Hurstbridge to… More…

Dena's Progress

Dena's Progress You may remember Montsalvat's artist in residence Dena Ashbolt. That's her above, stepping into her studio space today. Unfortunately, last week she was unwell so… More…

Rick Amor

Rick Amor I've seen a few artists studios now. My eyes are always busy darting around looking for clues to an artist's work. Rick Amor's studio is typically revealing. Influences… More…

Tamara Dean

Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture. Damien Skipper Tamara Dean © Tamara is represented by The Charles Hewitt Gallery in Sydney and the James Makin Gallery in… More…

Sue Thomas

Sue Thomas Sue enjoys nothing more than playing around with textile ideas in her tiny studio at Montsalvat. She shares the studio with her daughter Amy Skipper, grand daughter of… More…

Textures

Textures While at Montsalvat today this selection of textures took my eye. Every time I go there I see something I haven't noticed before and I'm inspired to get my camera out all… More…

Carbon Obscura

Carbon Obscura While this work was created in May 2007 at Montsalvat, it's worth revisiting in the light of the Red Chair event at Montsalvat this week. The artist, Lloyd Godman… More…

Beyond the Trees

Beyond the Trees- A celebration of Thomas Lloyd Guitars. A guitar is shaped like the body of a beautiful woman. All sensuous curves and smooth 'skin'. Any wonder that they're… More…

Dena Ashbolt. Almost there!

Dena Ashbolt... almost there! Apart from some finishing touches with ink, Dena's work is complete. It's looking great... Tomorrow is the last day of her residency and she will… More…

Lyndal Walker

Lyndal Walker How audacious of me to take a photo of a photographic artist. I cant help myself though. As you see, Lyndal Walker, photographer and latest Artist in Residence at… More…

Stonework and sculptural details.

Stonework and sculptural details. On my first visit to Montsalvat, I noticed the big picture. The buildings, the large sculptures, the steps, stairs and pathways. The things that… More…

jan preston

Jan Preston When I was young, my dear old Dad introduced me to Dixieland Jazz. Whenever it came on the radio he would get this big grin on his face and point out features of the… More…

Montsalvat's Peacocks

Montsalvat's Peacocks I've succumbed to the beauty of Montsalvat's peacocks. The much loved, oft photographed peacocks were on display when I visited a week ago and I couldn't… More…

A Month in Montsalvat

A Month in Montsalvat Here's the scoop! Over the next month, I'll be bringing you the latest from Montsalvat in Eltham. Exhibitions, artists, classes, the works. I had the best… More…

Kavisha Mazzella

Kavisha Mazzella I so looked forward to this interview. When I saw that Kavisha was launching her CD 'Love and Sorrow' at Montsalvat, I was pretty excited. What fun sitting in her… More…

The Rug Maker of Mazar-e-Sharif

The Rug Maker of Mazar-e-Sharif Montsalvat is currently showing rugs and embroideries from the Middle East, courtesy of writer and carpet seller Najaf Mazari. Najaf is well known… More…

Dena's Progress cont...

Dena's Progress cont... The key aspect of this piece of work is beginning to emerge. It's scale is not obvious from the photo. It's approximately two and a half meters long by… More…

Chair of the Board-Morag Fraser

Chair of the Board- Morag Fraser It's true to say that over the last month and a bit, I've fallen completely and utterly in love with Montsalvat. If you've read the Montsalvat… More…

Susan Reddrop cont...

Susan Reddrop cont... (Front) Theses photos came in today from Susan Reddrop. Another great piece. Here's a commentary in her own words... "called 'Table Ornament for… More…

Copyright

THIS ENTIRE SITE © 2010-2012 ISIIAD. ALL OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS AND WRITTEN MATERIAL HEREIN, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, ARE COPYRIGHTED BY ISIIAD. NO PART OF THIS SITE, OR ANY OF THE CONTENT CONTAINED HEREIN, MAY BE USED OR REPRODUCED IN ANY MANNER WHATSOEVER WITHOUT EXPRESS PERMISSION OF THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER.