The trend in the world of guitarmaking is to rely more and more on CAD design and the CNC for cutting and carving parts. In this class, James will turn back the clock and craft a mahogany neck using hand tools and the light machinery which are typical in most home woodworking shops. A set neck is one that has a tenon on the end that is received by a mortise in the guitar’s body and is glued in place. Students will be provided a mahogany neck blank, a pre-slotted fretboard and a truss rod. Through the week, students will install the truss rod, then taper, bind and attach the fretboard to the neck. Students will create the tenon, bandsaw the neck profile, then move on to hand-carving the neck using drawknives, spokeshaves, planes, rasps, scrapers and sandpaper. The emphasis will be on learning how to do each task safely, efficiently and end up with quality results.