Margaret, I, and James last summer

Margaret, I, and James last summer

Originally from New York City, I meandered my way to Vermont in 1976 to learn from and teach with Charles Fox, at the Guitar Research and Design Center in South Strafford, Vermont. My own school, Vermont Instruments, opened in January of 1982.

Along with guitar work, I also built some houses and worked as a professional cook, school teacher, and jazz drummer. I’ve consulted for Yamaha Guitars and was the master luthier in Bali teaching a team of Balinese artists how to make guitars.

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I’m not building houses or cooking professionally any more, but I’m still playing music, and working in the garden. I live with my wife, Pippa, a painter and surface design artist.

Hey George,
I just wanted to send a quick note and thank you again for such a great experience during this last guitar building course. Though I honestly wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, the entire experience far exceeded anything I could have asked for in a guitar making course. I know that the rest of our group feels the same way. Your knowledge of the craft and all its varied intricacies really shone through, but even more impressive and appreciated was your teaching ability, patience, calm, and dedication to seeing all of us through to the end (or maybe just the beginning?) of the process. In any case, I just wanted to express my gratitude again for doing such a great job and making all of us feel so welcome.
— Rob Smith