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American Lutherie #147 - Winter 2022

Page 8 - Meet Beau Hannam

by Brian Yarosh

Page 42 - Meet Peggy Stuart

by John Calkin

A Genuine Vintage “Bruné Sander”

If you eligible for Medicare, you are old enough to remember when thickness sanders were contraptions that luthiers had to build from scratch. Our very first issue in 1973 had a diagram of one, and our first hardback book, Lutherie Tools, had a lot of info about different ways of constructing them. Peggy Stuart built one and used it in the 1970s, as she says in her Meet the Maker interview. She still has it. Here’s current photos of the venerable gizmo along with informative captions. You’d be crazy to build one nowadays, unless you are the kind of person that enjoys restoring a Model T or making your own sauerkraut.

Page 52 - Ironing Out a Warped Guitar Neck

by Michael Burton

Page 64 - Accurate Resawing

by Bob Gleason

Page 67 - In Memoriam: Jeanette Fernández

by Ron Fernández

Page 68 - In Memoriam: Rick Turner

by Steve Klein and David Bolla

Rick Turner was an active GAL author.
Follow this link to see a complete listing of his articles.

An interview from 2007 on the NAMM website.

Story on Rick Turner Guitars website.

Beau Hannam Remembers Rick Turner

I only met Rick Turner once, in Oct 2021, and I found him delightful. He greeted me with a hug. That surprised me; it’s not common for a guy his age on meeting someone for the first time. I admire flora drawings, and a few months prior I had commented on his post where he proudly showed his ex-wife’s book of trees with amazing illustrations by her (Eye Spy a Tree: Welcome to the Arboretum by Amber R. Turner). I guess he remembered that comment, as while we were talking in his office about guitar history and what we love in lutherie, he reached down and gave me a copy of the book.

Unaware of his history with Alembic, the Grateful Dead or his Model 1 guitar, I first came to know Rick through his posts on various forums and Facebook and his often-forceful advice, particularly on the advocacy of the use of hot hide glue and epoxy. Indeed, his “glue list” remains an unequaled educational resource on which glues to use and where to use them.

It is strange when a giant dies as it forces us to realize the importance of knowledge gained over a decades long career and that some of it is now lost. Looking back, I realize some of my fundamental building principles have been influenced by his teaching: His back-slanted saddle (about 7 degrees), carbon fiber in various areas, and his use of epoxy in building, especially for large surface glue-ups like fingerboards are all based on rock-solid common sense.

He was forceful at times for the same reason any person who has been a luthier for decades is when they give advice to someone starting out in the industry who hasn’t yet the capacity for listening or learning. It is truly frustrating and something teachers have dealt with since the first sea creature crawled onto the land, looked back, and suggested to the second sea creature that they follow. But sometimes people, be they our children, friends, or strangers we try to give advice to, can only grow through pushing through a problem then seeing, acknowledging, and understanding the warned-about folly for themselves. Seeing, acknowledging, and understanding are the steps the mind needs to take and some people need to live them all fully. It is probably best to work through each step on your own, but being giving an Easter egg of advice which allows you to jump to the understanding part is a gift often not accepted, and rarely seen as the gold that it is. We are surrounded by fools gold on the internet. But Rick’s advice was always 24k.

Since the advent of social media, I have seen a pattern. Lutherie and Life’s nuggets of wisdom are most often found not in systematically structured philosophical essays; they are found in what seems at first glance insignificant posts, in tiny ad hoc responses to a some other question, and in the beauty of a short, well reasoned and decisive answer to a seemingly unrelated topic. Search for the small things, in the big things. And vice-versa.
Sayonara Rick. Don’t get epoxy on those heavenly clouds.