George looks on as Gorky strings his first guitar!

George looks on as Gorky strings his first guitar!

I am originally from New York City, but by way of a long and meandering journey finally moved to Vermont in 1976 to work and teach with Charles Fox at the Guitar Research and Design Center in So. Strafford, Vermont. My own school, Vermont Instruments, opened in January of 1982. Along with guitar work I also built houses and worked as a professional cook, and jazz drummer. I’ve been a consultant for Yamaha Guitars, and since 2005  have been in partnership with Balinese craftsmen building guitars in Bali. Photos of that work can be found here.
I’m not building houses or cooking professionally any more, but I’m still playing music, and occasionally sailing around on the lake, or in the garden. I live with my wife, Pippa, who is a painter and surface design artist, and not far from my three children, my grand-daughter Katie and grand-son Clyde. 

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