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They Eat Linseed Oil, Don’t They?

They Eat Linseed Oil, Don’t They?

An Adventure in Austrian Lutherie and Gastronomy

by Stephen Frith

Originally published in American Lutherie #77, 2004 and Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume Seven, 2015

Last year my wife Sherrie and I took a working holiday in Austria. We met up with a small group of guitar makers to harvest some of the best European spruce available. The excursion to the sawmill of Christoph Kolbl in Aigen was organized by Tobias Braun. The picturesque town of Neufelden (Photo 1) could inspire many peghead designs. We began by gathering at the Hotel Mühltalhof for dinner, a nightly experience lasting two or three hours.

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