Hey there. I am a 20 year old student of the mandolin, with a recently born intrigue concerning the art of the luthier. I was talking with my mandolin teacher about it, and he was citing a lack of young luthiers in the area (central NC). I've decided that the only way to begin is to do, and so I am having my teacher put me into contact with a local fiddle maker, as he suggested this as a good place to start. My question for you folks is: what is the life of a luthier like? When it comes to making a living, is it stressful? What qualities and skills are important to focus on? More or less, I would love some input from the luthiers on this site concerning what there daily work is like, what they enjoy about the job, and any advice you may have on how to become a true craftsman and artist through your work. I truly appreciate your responses, as this is my first thread ever.