Austrian luthier Tobias Braun will be teaching a course on guitar making this Summer at a castle in Ottenschlag, Austria. There are not so many opportunities to learn guitar making from great luthiers without becoming a full-time apprentice, so if you’ve been wanting to learn or to hone your skills this is a great opportunity to do so (and in a castle, no less).

Information on the Guitar Making Course in Ottenschlag, July 30th – Aug. 11th 2012

Dear friends and colleagues,

It took a while but now the information about and the application to the course are here!

The class will last for almost two weeks and each participant will build his own guitar.

It will be the 1937 Hermann Hauser that Andrés Segovia played for more than 25 years; a guitar that became one of the most important instruments of the 20th century.

We will follow the blue prints that Richard E. Bruné published in his documentation “The Guitar of Andrés Segovia – Hermann Hauser 1937” (including a booklet with photos of details and a CD) of the mentioned guitar. You can buy the book here.

Technical requirements:

I expect mechanical skills like being experienced in working with a scraper and a plane. Experience in fine wood working will be fine, too.

For those who build their first or second guitar I offer a kind of kit with all necessary and semi-finished parts for one guitar (please indicate on the application form).

All participants should bring their own wood-working tools (you will receive a list of tools and machines that I will take with me after the application).

A list of the absolutely necessary tools for the course you will find in the following two books.

  • William R. Cumpiano und Jonathan D. Natelson: “Guitarmaking – Tradition and Technology”, Rosewood Press
  • John S. Bogdanovich: “Classical Guitar Making”, Sterling Publishing

Guitar kit:

It consists of the following parts:

  • Spruce top, jointed and sanded
  • Back and sides of Indian RW; back jointed and sanded; sides sanded
  • Neck, semi-finished
  • Ebony fingerboard, sanded
  • Head plate
  • Bridge blank
  • Various parts (struts, bars, lining, purfling)
  • Bone blanks for nut and saddle
  • Fret wire

The price of the set is € 360 (NOT included in the course fee)

NOT included are also the rosette, tuners and strings (due to personal preferences). It means that you have to bring them with you.


Books and guitar blue prints:

Tools and materials:

Duration of the course:

It will start on Monday (July 30th) at 9.00 (ff) and ends on Saturday (Aug. 11th). On Sunday, Aug. 5th, we will have a day off but everyone is free to work on his own.

All those who want or have to arrive on Sunday, July 29th should indicate that fact on the application form.

The cost for that accommodation (B&B) is NOT included in the course fee because not all participants will arrive at Ottenschlag on Sunday.

Accommodation:7 of our single rooms are n the castle of Ottenschlag (Schloss Ottenschlag) and 3 single rooms are in a small hotel (Gasthaus “Zur Post”; a few meters away from the castle). The village of Ottenschlag is approximately 40 km west of the city of Krems.

The course fee (€ 1.750) includes the course, a single room and full board (excluding coffee, soft and alcoholic drinks).

Application:The number of participants is limited to 10 participants. Therefore the chronological order of the application forms and the payment of the application fee (€ 600) decide upon the participance.

You will receive a payment confirmation about your payment immediately.

In the case that the course is overbooked, your application fee will be paid back.

Please send the completed application form either by mail, fax or post to my address.

The remaining amount of the course fee must be paid at least two weeks before the class starts.

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