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Yeah, I liked the video as well. All the music is played on guitars made Bryant by two of his pro clients Pasquale Grasso and Tim Lerch. I find all the luthiers that I have partnered with on custom commissions to have differing and interesting backgrounds. No two builders journey into lutherie seems quite the same. This of course is reflected in their work!

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Such a cool video, Bryant seems like quite a character...and quite an artist. You are a lucky man! Thank you for treating us to another wonderful project.
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Such a cool video, Bryant seems like quite a character...and quite an artist. You are a lucky man! Thank you for treating us to another wonderful project.
Yes, that *was* a cool video. Thanks for posting this.
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Yes, that *was* a cool video. Thanks for posting this.
You're welcome...Here's another from the 2017 Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase (short interview with Bryant by luthier Isaac Jang).

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Here is a photo of the quartersawn Italian Alpine Spruce top set now glued together.


Here is a shot of both the Bosnian (Sycamore) Maple back set now glued together and the rough cut Hard (Sugar) Maple neck blank.



Bryant has bent the Bosnian Maple sides and they are now in his 17” body mold with the kerfed top and back linings installed.
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It looks like Bryant is making two guitars simultaneously. The Bosnian Maple back and Tyrolean Spruce top plates have been rough cut and thinned to just under 18 mm thick.

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The slow methodical process of carving the Bosnian Maple back is under way. I hope Bryant has a good shop vac!


The Tyrollean Alpine Spruce top has been rough carved, the f-holes roughed out and the spruce x-braces are being fitted.


The rough carved Bosnian Maple back has been glued the the Basswood kerfed lined (more commonly used in violinmaking), side reinforced, Bosnian Maple sides with Honduran Mahogany neck and tail blocks(left). It looks like Bryant is also making a16” archtop as well (right).


The x-braced, rough carved Tyrollean Alpinee Spruce top is now glued to the rims and back and is ready for refinement (the box is closed...).
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Bryant has proposed a name for this guitar. He wants to call this model “Artifex”. I honestly had to look up its meaning in the OED (Oxford English Dictionary):

"Early 17th century. From classical artific-, artifex practitioner of an art, expert practitioner of any art, skilled workman, craftsman, artist, performer, maker, creator, author, contriver, perpetrator from arti-, alternative stem of ars + -fex, combining form of facere to do, make."

The name is quite refective the creator of the instrument, the craft used to create it …. Here is a drawing of his proposed simple inlay for the headstock’s Ebony veneer.

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Bryant is now about 6-weeks into building of my 17” archtop...

The body is coming right along. It appears to be carved, bound, purfled with the neck joint routed. The subtle shape of the arch, recurve and f-holes in the Italian Alpine Spruce top is now evident. The one-piece Hard Maple neck is also coming together, with the Gaboon Ebony fretboard and peghead veneer and maple binding intalled but still needs to be carved.

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I can't wait to see this thing under finish!!!!! [Wipes drool from keyboard...]
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What a cool axe!

Enjoying the vicarious thrills...

It sure is a beauty

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I can't wait to see this thing under finish!!!!! [Wipes drool from keyboard...]
That makes two of us...

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Enjoying the vicarious thrills...

It sure is a beauty

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The neck is now on (left)...

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Man Bob, that is looking schweeet!
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Man Bob, that is looking schweeet!
Thanks Dennis... (I am following your MDW thread as well...)
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Bryant rough carves the outside of the Bosnian Maple back after the box is closed and the neck is on. This allows him to tap tune the carve and release the recurve in the assembled box where the back and top can interact acoustically.

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