Sam’s new guitar

Firstly huge apologies for not posting for a very long time! This will now I hope be a place of regular updates.

It’s been a very busy month here in Mid Wales as i’ve been teaching a guitar making course of which I’ll post more about. However, during the first week, Sam Carter paid a visit to pick up the new Damselfly I made him. We went for the same woods as on his Dragonfly J but smaller guitar this time and no cutaway. Slightly different tonal emphasis – bit more treble cut but still with those lovely harmonics ringing through. Here’s a clip of him in the workshop :


October 2015 Guitar Making Course

The October guitar making course has just finished and it was great to see three lovely guitars spring from my new workshop here in Llanidloes, Mid Wales. The guys (who had travelled from France. South Wales and Liverpool) all produced very finely built instruments with great attention to detail including some nice inlay. They all played beautifully and sounded superb.  Here’s a quote from one of them just received,

“Thanks Richard, I’m still on Cloud 9! 

Thank you again for a wonderful experience and making sure we delivered on beautiful, looking and sounding instruments.”

And here’s some pics

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May 2015 Guitar Making Course

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This guitar was built on my May guitar making course this year. A beauty in Western Red Cedar and Claro Walnut. The model is my smallest – the ‘Lacewing’. Note the beautiful pierced and inlayed wooden logo. A pro Jewellers’ touch!

My October course is full so note new dates for Spring 2016.

April 7th -May 7th 2016

May 12th – June 11th 2016

First Guitar Building Course in Wales


My first guitar building course student in Wales has finished and what a lovely guitar he made too. Great warmth, balance, projection and harmonics. Just right for the Tommy Emmanuel stuff he was learning. Lovely attention to detail also with head and fingerboard binding and logo inlay. With some stunning April weather, he had a great time here in the hills of Mid Wales. I’m onto the next one now!

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

Just caught the BBC Radio 2 Folk awards on iplayer and saw one of my guitars (Cedar and Koa Damselfly) being played by Calum McColl with Guy Garvey from Elbow on a Tribute to Calum’s Dad, Ewan McColl. They did a version of Ewan’s classic, “The first time ever I saw your face”.

Officially Relocated!

Hi Folks, I’m happy to announce that I have now officially relocated! I am in the second full week of my first guitar making course in my new Mid Wales workshop. It is a one-to-one with a student who’s travelled from Surrey for the month and alongside this i’m making a new batch of instruments and getting to know my way around my more spacious premises! I am really enjoying the new setting and it’s perfect for my courses with a more efficient layout, great natural light and fab kitchen facilities to boot. I’m also right in town with cafes and shops right on the doorstep.

We’ve had wonderful weather too this Spring which really shows off the majesty of the surrounding mountainous landscape. I’ve already had customers visit from my old Sussex area and have taken them to sample one of the regular evening folk sessions in town – there are some great musicians up here in the hills! Let me know if you want to make the trip and I can always help advise on accommodation etc.

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January 2015

Welcome to the new website and new location! Building work on the new workshop is underway and I should start putting in benches and tools  at some point during early Feb. Here are some pics of the new premises. They are in the rear courtyard of Llandidloes Town Hall. Really looking forward getting back to the workbench and to the April and May Guitar making course. Good to see places filling here in Mid Wales – it’s a wonderful place to come for a month and immerse yourself in the world of guitar making.

Announcing guitar making courses in April And May 2015. Look at the courses page for details.