A ‘genealogy’ of UK classical guitar-makers? How is the craft transmitted?

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Re: A ‘genealogy’ of UK classical guitar-makers? How is the craft transmitted?

Post by josswinn » Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:07 pm

I gave a talk about my study of classical guitar-makers in the UK at the University of Oxford last week. The slides and accompanying notes are available on my blog:

https://josswinn.org/2019/06/28/year-on ... eir-craft/

They provide a summary of the first year of my research.

There are also some separate notes on the interview process, aimed principally at PhD students, hence the methodological detail. These may also be of interest to members of Delcamp, although I don't offer any detail about the substance of the interviews at this point:

https://josswinn.org/2019/07/02/luthier-interviews/

Comments, questions here or on my blog are always welcome.

Thanks.
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Re: A ‘genealogy’ of UK classical guitar-makers? How is the craft transmitted?

Post by James Lister » Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:30 am

Thanks for sharing these, Joss.

I'd highly recommend the slides and notes from the talk - an interesting read, and even having been in the business for nearly 20 years, I have learned quite a few things from the research Joss has carried out.

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Re: A ‘genealogy’ of UK classical guitar-makers? How is the craft transmitted?

Post by vesa » Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:47 am

Thanks Joss

Interesting to follow your study, very valuable work.

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Re: A ‘genealogy’ of UK classical guitar-makers? How is the craft transmitted?

Post by Dave M » Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:13 pm

Yes Joss, good stuff. Look forward to your final(?) report.
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Re: A ‘genealogy’ of UK classical guitar-makers? How is the craft transmitted?

Post by josswinn » Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:43 am

Thanks James, Vesa and Dave,

There’s still a lot of work to do which will occupy me for two or three more years. The plan is to write the following for academic journals:

An article on the first decade of classical guitar making in the uk (1948-57). I hope to have this finished quite soon.
An article summarising what I have found from all of the luthier interviews
An article that examines the DIY classical guitar making literature from 1955 to present day
An article that discusses the case study of Newark college, linking it to the history of college education of lutherie in the UK

This way, I cover the history, the people, the texts and the institutions.

Alongside these academic publications, I hope I can write articles for magazines that draw out key findings and also include minutiae that will be of interest to classical guitar enthusiasts but not necessarily the academic community. It might work well to bring it all together in a book at some point.
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