Luthiers SIG

Musical Symbol IconHave you ever thought about building a stringed musical instrument? Want to explore that idea? RWS announces a new SIG for you!

RWS Luthiers

Luthier (noun): one who makes stringed musical instruments (as violins or guitars)

Rich Towsley (who has made a lot of mountain dulcimers) is teaming up with Al Kupchella (who is working on his 2nd guitar) to start-up a Luthiers Special Interest Group (SIG). We have a few ideas about how we might proceed with this, but the only thing we’re sure of is that we’re having an initial get-acquainted meeting of interested, curious, and even skeptical RWS members.

Interested? Questions?

  • We’d love to hear from you!

Next Meeting:   

Thursday, Feb 16, 7:30 pm, Al’s shop, 18 Port Meadow Trl, Fairport 
At our last meeting we glued on half of the kerfing. Rich came over the other day and we flipped the body over and glued on the rest of the kerfing.

On this meeting’s agenda are:

  • Installing the Rosette around the sound hole – using hyde glue
  • Installing the bracing on the back – using the clamping cauls that somebody (was it Craig?) took as homework, plus the go-bar press
  • Sanding the kerfing level with the sides – using the sanding stick Stewmac suggested

    If you have any suggestions for the agenda, contact us at

What to bring 

  • Anything you would like to share or demonstrate

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