“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.
At times the class – to me anyway, was much more than a workshop on how to make an acoustic guitar. It was also a master class in woodworking skills and techniques, and a great opportunity to learn about jig and pattern making. I value and admire Scott’s openness insofar as your homemade jigs and techniques are concerned. These are areas where some people might leave others to fend for themselves in trying to get started making guitars, and I was impressed and very happy about his willingness to share so much information and “trade secrets” so to speak, with everyone.
Scott, I can’t say enough good things about your teaching style too! Some people are very good at what they do, but they can’t convey to others how to do what they do. You are not only very skilled, but you also have a natural and understandable way of taking a very complex process and breaking it down and explaining it in a way that anyone can grasp and understand. You my friend are a natural teacher who is very easygoing and at times “patience personified” as you modeled many times in our class.
The shop at the Whetstone School is top notch! It is very well laid out in every aspect and detail from the personal workstations to the placement of all the machinery. It is open and well lit and allows for easy movement around the machines and workbenches. Whetstone’s shop lacks nothing – the machine room was very well equipped with first rate machinery and dust collection, and I love the new bandsaw and the Hammond trim saw. The personal workstations were well equipped with all the tools needed for each student to work independently and also very well lit – not only with great lighting, but also with big windows to let in natural light.
You asked us for any suggestions about improving the class and the program in general, and that’s a tough one – you really don’t need to improve on much. Everything about the class and the shop seems to have been very well thought out, and I think you have set the bar pretty high in terms of a well equipped learning environment, a great program/curriculum, and a teaching style that delivers more than promised.
I’m looking forward and counting the days to the Acoustic Guitar Level Two course in July.”
South Boston, MA