2021 Guild School

June 12-18, 2021     Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine

48 Hour Classes

Please note that most of the 2021 classes were offered in 2020. School was cancelled for 2020 so they will be offered in 2021. Students who were registered in those classes have first priority for 2021. The classes that were full in 2020 are indicated by an F following the class title. This is tentative as those students may choose to select other classes or may not be able to attend school and thus open up a space.


Ursula Dyrbye-Skovsted - Early Classical Guitar (F)

INSTRUCTOR: Ursula Dyrbye-Skovsted, Artisan
COURSE: Woodworking
PROJECT: Early Classical Guitar

What is more intriguing than having built your own guitar of the finest materials in 1/12th scale…and who knows, you might create a new tune? Be a real luthier and build your own guitar!

The instrument, a round body with a long neck and fretted board, is known all the way back to Mesopotamia 4,500 years ago. It is also known later on in various periods and cultures. In the 12th century the guitar came to Spain where it soon became a favorite of many musicians through the centuries. Among them are Paganini and Schubert who both composed for the guitar in the early 19th century. The form and sound has changed a lot since the beginning and is still changing. Today there is a huge variety of shapes and forms for different styles of music and from different periods and with different names. The guitar we know as the “Spanish Guitar” got its current form around the 1850’s by Antonio Torres and is still a popular instrument worldwide.

Students will build a classical guitar from start to finish using multiple techniques like mirror veneering, steam bending, inlay, carving and joint making; and using several materials like hardwoods, veneers, bone and wire. The guitar will be built as close to a full-size one as possible, with a steam bent hardwood body, veneered sides and sound board, framed sound box, simulated purfling (edge) and rosette, a hand-carved bridge and head, and the supported neck made with ebony fretboard and bone inlay. Traditional instrument joinery will be taught. Strings will be attached with pre-turned pegs.

Jigs will be provided by the instructor. Some minor parts may be pre-made due to class time. The techniques used in class can be transferred to future miniature work. This is a demanding class with a lot of fun work and soft guitar music in the background! But no musical skills will be taught in this class!

TIME: 48 hours. Completion is likely. However, students may need to work overtime.

POWER TOOLS: table saw, flex shaft, milling machine, router, moto tool, drill press

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate and advanced. This is an aggressive class with a lot of techniques. Good eyehand coordination is crucial for finishing the project. Some skill in working with small-size wood and some experience with power tools is recommended.

MATERIALS FEE: $115 to be collected at school