Yes you read it correctly. As a summer surprise I’m giving away one of my plans for free…
A year ago some of my students at the Bouwerskontakt lutherie course asked whether they could make some historical instruments. A baroque lute (plans to follow) and a Vihuela de Mano.
For the vihuela we decided on a smaller version of the Chambure model, kept in the Cité de la Musique in Paris. The reason is that a vihuela in G is very practical for players, especially in a 7-course version; it’s tuned the same way as an alto lute. You can make both 6- and 7-course models with this set of plans.
This is an ideal instrument to start with. You don’t need huge amount of woods, and is rather simple to build. The construction is quite similar to a classical guitar. In a way it is a more basic version.
The first built is well under way, and we hope to complete it in a couple of months.
You can download the plans here in PDF format and print them at your local print shop.
These plans are offered with a Creative Commons License. You may use them for non-commercial and educational purposes.