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Handmade guitars on display at library

Luthier, craftsman creates one-of-a-kind instruments

Handmade guitars by local luthier and craftsman, Craig Wilson, will be on display at the White Salmon Valley Community Library through the month of June.

The two exquisitely built instruments included in the display are: "Parlour Jumbo" c.1995 made of Sitka Spruce, Rosewood, Ebony, Western Big Leaf Maple, Green Abalone, Mother of Pearl, and Amboyna Burl; and "Parlour Jumbo" c.1999 made of Engelman Spruce, Bubinga, Ebony, Brasilian Rosewood, Green Abalone.

Both instruments are privately owned.

Wilson is currently accepting commissions for custom acoustic guitars. Each is specially designed to meet the needs of the individual musician.

Wilson built his first guitar in 1993 at a workshop in Saskatchewan, prior to doing an apprenticeship with master luthier, Nick Kukich in Portland, Ore.

He is completing a new shop space for White Salmon Acoustics located in the Old Winery building in Bingen. Plans include a full-service stringed instrument shop with facilities for repair and custom building along with a retail space for acoustic instruments, supplies and music books. The space will also include a studio for music lessons.

For more information about this and other library exhibits and programs call the library 493-1132.


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