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The Modern Mandolin: History, Design & Construction

By Mandolin Cafe
April 20, 2006 - 7:15 am

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Oregon College of Art & Craft

Oregon College of Art & Craft

This ten-day intensive workshop will explore the history, design, and construction of the modern carved plate mandolin. There will be an analysis of the great instruments of the last 100 years; how form and function interact to produce good design; and hands-on teaching of the use of tools and techniques.

The goal is for each student to produce an instrument that is aesthetically pleasing, exhibits fine tonal sonority, and has a good feel for the player. Topics covered will include wood selection, instrument design, carving and voicing the top and back plates, jigs and construction methods, fretting and neck structure, professional setup techniques, and spirit varnish french polish finishing.

Tools will range from individually designed hand tools and hide glues to modern machinery and jigs. each day will also include a historic "instrument of the day" for inspiration and analysis as well as several guest luthiers who will lead discussions in their varying fields of expertise.

James Condino, Instructor:
James Condino has built 153 fine musical instruments in the last 20 years. He has worked in solo practice, built instruments for one of the leading production facilities, taught lutherie from 1996-2000 at Oregon State University, and been published in American Lutherie Magazine. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon, where he builds mandolins, guitars, and double basses. In addition to building and teaching lutherie, he is writing a book on the history, design, and construction of the modern mandolin.

Additional information:
Instructor's web site

May 22-26, 2006 (Mon-Fri), 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
May 30 - June 3, 2006 (Tue-Sat), 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Register by May 15, 2006
$625 (1 Credit $725)
Studio fee $325 ($75 if you provide your own instrument wood)
WD802 or equivalent
Wood Studio

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