In her book “Guitar Makers – The endurance of artisanal values in North America” anthropologist Kathryn Marie Dudley studies American luthiers. She gives portraits of guitar makers, individual artisans who make guitars by hand.
Dudley sees the current renaissance of handcrafted guitars as a counterculture. By craftsmen and woman who freely share information, and try to make a living in a world ruled by mass-produced throw-away consumer goods.
I highly recommend this book, not only to guitar players and makers, but to all who make something with their hands.
You will probably recognize yourself in one of the wonderful stories. The quirks, the search and the struggle, most contemporary luthiers face in our run-off-the-mill society.
Here’s a lecture she gave at the Holy Grail Guitar Show in Berlin:
For more information click here for a Yale News interview with Dudley.
Or click here for an article she published in The New York Times