Greetings from Cambridge, UK

Martin Woodhouse
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Location: Cambridge, UK

Greetings from Cambridge, UK

Post by Martin Woodhouse » Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:19 pm


I can't really think of a good introductory message right now, so I've just copied this from my website...

My name is Martin Woodhouse. I’m a classical guitar luthier, living and working in Cambridge, UK.

I learnt basic woodworking from an early age – my father has been a keen woodworker and amateur instrument maker for many years, mostly making violin family instruments. He is also a lecturer at Cambridge university engineering department, and has been researching violin acoustics for the last 30-40 years ( So I grew up in a house with a woodworking workshop in the garage, which often had instruments being made or repaired in it.

I made my first few electric guitars in my mid teens, in the mid 1990s – originally I was just trying to make myself a nice guitar to play, but very soon found that I was more fascinated by designing and making guitars than by playing them. I continued building and modifying electric guitars as a hobby until I was 18, when I had the opportunity to make a flamenco guitar with David Rubio, who had been working on violin acoustics research with my father for several years. I was studying art at the time (mostly painting and photography), but soon after making that first flamenco guitar in 1999, I decided that I would like to become a professional luthier. I quit my art course and set up my first workshop in my dad’s basement. I had further advice and instruction from David Rubio while making several classical guitars in 1999/2000, and inherited a lot of David’s tools and guitar wood after his death in 2000.

Since then I have moved my workshop a couple of times and made over 100 classical guitars (including many commissions from professional guitarists), as well as various other instruments: steel-string guitars, ukuleles, violins, viols, vihuelas, etc.

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Erik Zurcher
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Re: Greetings from Cambridge, UK

Post by Erik Zurcher » Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:08 pm

Hello Martin and welcome to Delcamp forum! Enjoy yourself and see you around!

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"While you try to master classical guitar, prepare for a slave's life: the guitar will forever be your master and you its slave".

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Stephen Kenyon
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Re: Greetings from Cambridge, UK

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:51 am

Welcome, cool to have another luthier around. I take it you've spotted the thread about one of your guitars?
Simon Ambridge Series 40 (2005)
Trevor Semple Series 88 (1992)
Louis Panormo (1838)
Alexander Batov Baroque Guitar (2013)

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