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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.

The shop and teaching space is clean, roomy, and comfortable, and it has all of the tools you could ever want. During my time with Scott I learned a great deal about designing and constructing jigs, what tools are absolute necessities, and what tools would be good to own, but not indispensable. I also got some great ideas for setting up my own workspace at home.

Scott has vast experience and knowledge about techniques and methods, and his building process is well thought out and organized. That said Scott always made a point of explaining alternative methods for accomplishing the task at hand and pointing out the pros and cons of different approaches.

Not only was my experience with Scott rewarding on its own merits, but the mahogany back, spruce top L00 that I built is on par with many upper end instruments in guitar shops. I couldn’t have expected anything better, and to know that I built it myself makes it so much more valuable to me than any instrument I have ever purchased. In summary, I couldn’t be happier with my experience at the Whetstone School. I would recommend the school to musician’s, woodworkers or anyone else who wants to learn about the craft of lutherie from a master craftsman. It was more than I could have ever hoped for!”

Kevin Champney
Putney, Vermont