I'm sure most members of the forum are by now aware that I make guitars for a living, but over the past 9 months I've also been busy putting together a DVD guide to the art of French polishing guitars. When I first had the idea, the plan was to just make a short DVD for my students at Newark College as a reference, but after some discussions with a friend (and fellow guitarist) who happens to be a film-maker, we decided to go for something a bit more ambitious! We finished filming the DVD about 4 months ago, and there followed a LOT of work by my partner editing, tweaking, writing, printing and generally making the whole thing look professional.
The result is a comprehensive guide to French polishing guitars. The DVD is over 150 minutes long, and is accompanied by a 16-page booklet, which summarises the contents of the DVD, and adds a few details, and lists materials required and suggested suppliers.
The DVD has been "road-tested" on a couple of my students, who complemented it on being clear and thorough (no-one has yet said that it's a thrill a minute though!)
There's a short YouTube video promoting the DVD below. More information can also be found on my website, as well as details of how to order. The DVD will also soon be available through a certain online supplier, and I'm in discussions with various luthier's suppliers (including one in the US) who are considering stocking the DVD.
Retail price will be £45 (GBP), but I'm offering it to Delcamp members for £35 for an initial period (not sure how long yet). This includes packing/postage within the UK, but there will be a small additional charge for overseas orders. Send me a PM if you'd like to take advantage of this introductory offer, and I'll send details of how to pay.
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James Lister, luthier, Sheffield UK