Mijn passie als gitaarmaker
Hello, my name is Alex and i will talk about my passion.
My passion as a guitar maker comes from a life-long obsession with making things. From a young age I have always tried to manipulate objects and materials in order to create something entirely different. I find that working with wood is a way for me to connect with nature. The simple act of shaping wood to make something functional or beautiful brings me endless satisfaction. Having left a degree in Aerospace Engineering in Bath, I moved to London in 2007 to pursue the possibility of becoming a guitar maker. I studied for a BSc degreee in 'Musical Instruments' at London Metropolitan University, and I graduated in 2010 with a First Class Honours degree, the 'Top Thirty Student' award, and the 'University Recognition Award For Academic Excellence' award. Working for three years under the expert guidance of Nicholas Blishen, Norman Myall, Martin Bowers and Godefroy Maruejouls, I developed a flair for guitar making. In September 2010 I was awarded the 'Cockpit Arts / NADFAS' award for designer-makers. In February 2011 I moved into my studio at Cockpit Arts in Creekside, Deptford. In January 2015 I started teaching on the Intermediate level guitar making short course at London Metropolitan University. In January 2016 I was awarded 'Artist In Residence' at The Pound Arts Centre in Corsham, near Bath. In January 2019 I moved the workshop to Bristol, where I continue to build gypsy jazz and folk guitars, teach guitar making and operate a full stringed instrument repair service. I have been fortunate enough to sell my first few guitars to some very talented, wonderful musicians and seeing them perform their music on my instruments was an invigorating experience. Since that moment I have known that I am on an endless journey to continue to produce finest-quality musical instruments, always striving for perfection and uniqueness with every instrument. I enjoy guiding students through the process of making a guitar from scratch right up until the finished instrument. I believe this is one of the most rewarding experiences anyone can have. To see several pieces of roughly hewn wood slowly take shape into a beautiful instrument is almost magical!