Making An "A" Style Mandolin with John Ressler September 19-26, 2020 (8 days)


$1320 tuition; $600 materials payable to John

Key Points:
*Hand carving the top and back from solid stock
*Hand carving neck
*Making the complex tapered neck joint
*Learn to fret a musical instrument
*Proper set up of the mandolin

Workshop Available

Pay a deposit of $400.00 per item


Are you looking to advance your musical instrument building skills? Building a mandolin from scratch will not only challenge and hone student’s skills, but will elevate their confidence to the next level of lutherie. Students will learn new skills and techniques in instrument building. From carving and tuning the spruce top and curly maple back, to making the curly maple neck with its tapered neck joinery, students will experience the joy of creating a beautiful instrument that sings! John will teach how to build an “A” style (teardrop) carved top / back mandolin with traditional “f” holes. The materials will be solid spruce top with curly maple back, sides and neck. By the end of the week, students will have completed their own hand-crafted mandolin that is strung and fully playable. The application of a protective finish will be discussed in class but will need to be completed after the class ends. Since this is an advanced class, participants should be experienced on correctly using and sharpening hand tools, such as chisels and planes.