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Right: Leonard learns the process of gluing the guitar top on at this
gluing station in Paul's shop. Flexible rods put even pressure on the
parts, ensuring a good fit. Bottom right: While Paul can play several
instruments, he admits he's a better builder. He gets more pleasure
from hearing others play his instruments. Besides guitar classes, Paul has
led students in building mandolins like this one and ukuleles.

through a build, " Paul says. " We start here, this is what
we are going to do and this is why we do it. They get to get
sawdust up their nose and glue on their fingers. "
Much of Paul's work over the years has been done using
only hand tools, including planes, chisels and fine-toothed
saws. Lately he has been making router jigs to speed up
production and accuracy for his students.
For Leonard Stanley of Washington, one of Paul's guitar students, building a guitar is an exercise in patience.
" I wanted to do this since I was in my early 20s, " says
Leonard, who now is 68. " I've been playing guitar since I
was about 13 years old. I've always been interested in the
mechanics and acoustics of the guitar. So, I thought it
would be great to get inside of one and see how it works. "
The story is the same for Mark McKnight of Bourbon,
Paul's other guitar student whose woodworking experience
leans more to building log houses than the fine craftsmanship of guitars. Mark made the most of his project with
inlayed initials on the neck and a custom herringbone
rosette surrounding the sound hole.
That patience extends to the hours and hours of sanding required to build a guitar that will sound as good as
it looks. As the students work on their guitar tops, Paul
will hold the wood up and tap it, listening for the sound it
makes.
Costs for the classes range from $350 for a ukulele
to $1,500 for an acoustic guitar. That includes all of the
materials. Depending on the skill level of the student, it
takes 120 to 150 hours of work to build a guitar.
" Everyone who has walked out of here has had an
instrument that plays and plays well, " Paul says. " That is
my promise when they sign up for a session. You will walk
out of here with a playable instrument that you will be
proud of. "
The Luthiery Shop is located at 296 E. Pine St. in Bourbon and can be found on Facebook. You can contact Paul at
573-205-6211 or mizzion1@netzero.com.
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