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Frank Riner

Acoustic Guitar – “A Success Story”

Frank Riner“So, what constitutes the success of a classroom experience?

In my view, it is the synchronized meshing of communication between instructor and student. A student must have zeal and persistence to learn, while the teacher must have wisdom of subject and the patience to work with students of varied backgrounds.

I came to Whetstone School of Lutherie expecting nothing less, and every portion of my desire for knowledge in the art of lutherie was answered through lecture and hands on applications.

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Dave Grande

Acoustic Guitar

Dave Grande

“I absolutely loved it! I knew going into the class that I would emerge with an understanding about how a guitar was built, but I was truly amazed at how good it sounded, and that I was able to make a guitar of that quality on my very first try.

It was really because of Scott’s expertise and teaching ability that it went so smoothly. Even though there were a couple bumps in the road, he was able to turn those events into positive learning experiences for everyone by demonstrating how to deal with the unforeseen obstacles that inevitably crop up in guitar building.

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Kristen Porter-Utley

Acoustic Guitar

Kristen Porter-Utley“I remember the day that I decided to learn how to make my own acoustic guitar. My search for a school of lutherie in the New England area began on the Internet. The more I looked around, the more I kept finding encouraging information about the Whetstone School of Lutherie and the skilled founder, Scott Hausmann.

The things that impressed me were the testimonials and the fact that the School highly recommended that students in the Acoustic Guitar class have some woodworking experience. Other schools did not make that recommendation, which gave me the impression that the Whetstone School really meant business.

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Jon Guerringue

Flat-Top Mandolin and Acoustic Guitar

Jon GuerrinqueLast year, I earned a 2-week sabbatical after 7 years with my full-time employer. My challenge was to find something to do that would be inspiring and meaningful in my life; a change from my day-to-day work as a marketer.

As I considered my love of music, my longing for playing an instrument again, and how much I enjoyed working with wood when I was younger, I realized an instrument build course was just the answer I was looking for. But then— what to build? I considered the guitar, but wasn’t sure I wanted to jump in “this deep.” As I considered the 1-week build options, the mandolin came calling to me.

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Greg Clare

Acoustic Guitar

Greg ClareI had wanted to learn to build a guitar for several years before a realistic opportunity came up between jobs this past winter. I looked at a number of different schools across the US and Canada before settling on the Whetstone School of Lutherie.

Why Whetstone? Well, I knew I didn’t want a “paint by numbers” class, because that’s just not how I learn best, and not the experience I wanted. It was clear from the comments of previous students that Scott’s class is well structured and challenging, but with enough discussion of the nuances of guitar building to provide a real foundation for future exploration.

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Bill Peterson

Acoustic Guitar

Bill Pearson“A comfortable New England workshop, cedar plank walls, a gentle snow falling outside, coffee brewing in the corner. And in front of you a piece of wood which in two short weeks will become a beautifully hand crafted instrument. That’s the Whetstone School of Lutherie. It may not be Heaven – but it’s damn close.

Having previously made nothing more sophisticated than a crude magazine rack, I was skeptical about my ability to create something of such complexity. I had never spoken of widths in terms of thousandths of an inch or concerned myself with spaces measured in sixty-fourths. I do now.

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Peter Ling

Soprano Ukulele

Peter-Ling-02“As someone with limited woodworking experience, it was quite intimidating to be presented with a pile of neatly laid out mahogany and Sitka spruce on our first day of class. How on earth was I ever going to turn this into a soprano ukulele that represented anything like the one Scott had showed us?

From the get go, it was clear that Scott is both a master luthier and an inspirational teacher. He had thought through each step of the process, and had created numerous jigs, templates, and cauls to help simplify the various tasks. With patience and wisdom, Scott kept us on track and helped us avoid any irreversible mistakes.

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Mark Neal

Banjo Building with Will Fielding

Mark Neal “I have just completed the Banjo Building course at the Whetstone School of Lutherie and it was truly an amazing, enriching experience. The course was taught by Will Fielding of Fielding Banjos, who is not only a knowledgeable and creative master builder, but also a kind, generous, and all-around great guy.

Before I started the course, I had virtually no experience building instruments and very limited woodworking skills. Before each phase in the building process, Will gave the class clear and understandable explanations of what we would be doing and the skills needed to accomplish each step successfully.

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Kevin Champney

Acoustic Guitar

Kevin-Champney“I had been considering building an acoustic guitar for almost 10 years, having poured over some of the classic texts on the subject. I’m glad I waited for the Whetstone School of Lutherie to come along.

The guided experience I found there was perfect for someone like myself with a minimal level of woodworking experience, yet a considerable passion for the instrument. I learned more than just how to build a guitar at the Whetstone School. I learned about tackling problems with patience, and I gained a broader understanding of tools and how to use them efficiently and effectively.

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Michael Millard

Founder – Froggy Bottom Guitars

Michael Millard - Froggy Bottom Guitars

I have known Scott Hausmann for about thirty-five years. We originally met through our connection with Michael Gurian, and our employment at Gurian Guitars.

I have had the pleasure of working with Scott on a variety of projects, but I have also held him as one of my closest friends for many years. I am grateful to have a sense of the whole person.

Scott is a master woodworker, and quite simply put, one of the finest and most versatile craftsmen I know. He’s been pursuing craftsmanship in woodworking literally since childhood, and it shows. Continue Reading