2006 G.A.L. Convention
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Let’s take a quick run through the two packed exhibition halls. There were about 90 exhibits this time, so we’ll just pick a few at random to give a little flavor. Here’s John Thayer at his table.

Chris Jenkins brought his son Jeremy to this year’s convention. There were several father-and-son teams in attendance. Here comes the future.
There were lots of great wood dealer exhibits, as usual. Here’s Oby Johnson of Targo Woods. Ben Patron brought a copy of a Panormo guitar, plus a few of his own design.
Ben Patron’s stuff is so unusual, it may take you a minute to figure out what you are looking at. Canadian Sigmund Johannessen showed a couple of archtops.
To bolster his claim that a guitar can be properly French polished in one day, Marshall Brune successfully finished his latest guitar in his spare time while talking to people at his exhibition table. Here’s Duane Noble with his exhibit of steel string guitars.
Jorma and Oren Winkler of Winkler Woods show off some nice koa. There’s Benz Tschannen.
Everybody likes to hand-pick the wood they will be using in the next few years. At the table of Bruce Creps (left), Jerry Samples and Eric Foulke get down to business. John Butterfield held down the early music fort for us, showing a couple of lovely lutes.
Remember what I said about people picking wood? Alfredo (left) and Manuel Velazquez look for the good stuff. Here’s Michael Dixon with his latest instrument.
Jim Forderer brought his amzing collection of guitars again this year, ably assisted by Jim Westbrook. Wandering over to Jim’s table was like having a private, hands-on visit to a major museum. Here’s JoAnn Tompkins of Rescue Pearl Co.
Here’s Gulab Gidwani of Exotic Woods Co. Gary Southwell (right) stopped by the Stephen Marchione booth.
Brad Banister (left) shows his guitars. Tim Olsen (right) and son Isaac are making the annual video archive of the exhibition. Here’s a cute couple: Kevin Stoodley (left) and Pema Dolma.

2006 GAL Convention Exhibitors
J.B. Allred, Allred & Assoc., Auburn NY: Gemini carving duplicatorG.D. Armstrong, Yamhill OR: steel string guitar, octave mandolin, cittern, resophonic bouzoukiBrad Bannister, Milwaukie OR: Hawaiian-themed guitarsNewcomb Barger, San Rafael CA: classic, flamenco negra, and archtop guitarsDave Bertoncini, Olympia WA: archtop mandolins, steel string guitars • Marshall Brun‚, Evanston IL: steel string guitarsJohn Butterfield, Seattle WA: Renaissance lute, Baroque lute, lute parts Fred Carlson, Santa Cruz CA: 39-string harp sympitarBrent Cole, Alaska Specialty Woods, Craig AK: Alaskan woods: Sitka spruce, western red cedar, yellow cedar, western hemlockBruce Creps, Notable Woods Lopez Island WA: myrtle, maple, Sitka, red cedar, yellow cedar, walnut, koaLarry Davis, Gallery Hardwoods, Springfield OR: tonewoods, exotic burls, acrylized woodsAndy DePaule, DePaule Supply, Eugene OR: pearl blanks and cut inlaysMichael Dixon, McCall ID: steel string guitar, ukuleleMarcus Dominelli, Victoria BC: classic and flamenco guitarsMike Doolin, Portland OR: steel string guitar, archtop harp guitarBlake Dyson, Staunton VA: 00 steel string guitarJeffrey R. Elliott, Portland OR: classical guitarMichael L. Elwell, Desmet ID: flamenco and classical guitarsChuck Erikson, Duke of Pearl, Grass Valley CA: inlay materialsDan Erlewine, Athens OH: “Rockin' Chair” electric guitarClint Ferrell, Redmond WA: harp, palor guitar, ukuleleHarry Fleishman, Sebastopol CA: electric fretless bass, steel string guitarJim Forderer, Santa Cruz CA: collection of early guitarsAlastair Fordyce, Laguna Niguel CA: classical guitarsCharles Fox, Portland OR: ergo model guitars, steel string and nylon string guitarsTim Frick, San Francisco CA: acoustic and electric archtop guitarsGulab Gidwani, Exotic Woods, Sicklerville NJ: woods for guitars and violins, suppliesMyles Gilmer, Gilmer Wood Co., Portland OR: instrument quality softwoods and hardwoodsPeter Grafton, Seattle WA: steel string guitarsLaunie Gratto, Dynamic Hardwoods, Victoria BC: Cambodian rosewoodGerry Gruber, Ottawa ON: 12-string steel string guitarGene Gustin, West Covina CA: rosewood dreadnoughtsJohn Hagen, Lake Villa IL: steel string guitar, adjustable bridgesNorman Haight, Scottsdale AZ: classical and steel string guitars, F-style mandolinJay Hargreaves, Des Moines WA: acoustic bass guitarsPaul Hass, Albuquerque NM: classical guitarsKevin Haynie, Tacoma WA: steel string and electric guitars Chris Herrod, Luthiers Mercantile, Windsor CA: woods, tools, partsBill Hibdon, Hibdon Hardwood, St. Louis MO: back and side sets, neck blanks, fret boards Kenny Hill, Felton CA: classical and flamenco guitarsJay Hostetler, Stewart-MacDonald, Athens OH: tools, parts, woodDavid Kawika Hurd, Hilo HI: tools to measure top complianceSigmund Johannessen, Qualicum Beach BC: archtop guitars • Frank Andy Johnson, Northwest Specialty Woods, Elma WA: Sitka spruce, figured maple, figured koaOby Johnson, Targo Woods, Lynnwood WA: woods and veneersYusuke Kawakami, Domo International, Blaine WA: parts and materials for guitarsStephen Kinnaird, Nacogdoches TX: steel string guitarsChris Klumper, Luthiertool Co., Poulsbo WA: tools • Saul Koll, Portland OR: archtop and semihollow electric guitarsBob Laughlin, Vancouver BC: steel string guitars, mandolins, bouzoukisJames Leonard, Leonard Musical Instruments, Buena Park CA: ivory, Recon Stone, Abalam, CNC inlay design softwareStephen Marchione, Houston TX: classical and archtop guitarsLloyd Marsden, Sheridan WY: acoustic guitarsGregg Miner, Woodland Hills CA: harp guitar collectionShane Neifer, High Mountain Tonewood, Terrace BC: spruce, cedar, suppliesDuane Noble, Richland WA: steel string guitarsJohn Park, Summerland BC: flamenco guitarsBen Patron, Cool CA: Panormo and Torres copy guitars, classical, steel string, and aluminum archtop headless guitarsErez Perelman, La Jolla CA: classical guitar with “prizm guitar” soundboardJoel Peyton, Minneapolis MN: coconut and walnut shell “lutes”Tim Reede, Minneapolis MN: 000 guitarJohn A. Robinson, Glendale AZ: Maliposa Classikal balsa/carbon fiber soundboard guitarRobert Ruck, Eugene OR: classical guitarsDouglass Scott, Victoria BC: classical guitarGeorge A. Smith, Portland OR: classical guitarsRon Smith, Olympia WA: asymmetric classical guitarAnders Sterner, Eugene OR: classical guitar after FletaKevin Stoodley, White Rock BC: classical and steel string guitarsAbel Su'a, Spokane Valley WA: ukulelesStanisa Surbatovich, European Tonewoods, Serbia-Montenegro: Bosnian maple, Alpine spruce, cherry, walnutHerb Taylor, Golden CO: mandolin, guitarJohn Thayer, Bremerton WA: acoustic and electric guitarsJoAnn Tompkins, Rescue Pearl Co., Rescue CA: MOP, inlay materialsBenz Tschannen, Fallon NV: classical and steel string guitarsPeter Tsiorba, Portland OR: classical, short neck, and child's guitarsRobert Webster, Gig Harbor WA: classical guitarsWoodley White, Portland OR: classical guitarsJorma Winkler, Winkler Woods, Kurtistown HI: koaEddy Yohannes, Charlotte NC: rosewood and cedarJeffrey Yong, Kuala Lumpur: steel string guitarsScott van Linge, Silver City NM: steel string guitars

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