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Jun 5, 2014 - Benabbio. Last 2 days

Exciting but big days. Put fret wire in. Shape up bridge and glue on. Sanding whole guitar in preparation for oiling. Put 5 coats of Danish oil on, hang to dry overnight. Next day, one we've been waiting anxiously for. Rub down entire guitar with steel wool,and apply coating of wax and buff up. Awesome! Sand down ivory saddle for bridge and nut. String up and PLAY!! Emotional moments as each of us play the first chords. What a moment. They all sound fabulous. All different in their own way. Everybody's happy! Walk down to Aqualina for...

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May 29, 2014 - Benabbio Days 6-7

Day 6: Rained a little overnight,and a little cooler today. Cut out the shape of the guitar top(soundboard). Made op a wood rosette with a dremel(router). Cut groove in the soundboard for the rosette,and glued it in . Planed,scraped,and sanded it to level with soundboard. Marked braces position on soundboard and began glueing them on. Dinner at il Cavallino biancho(little white horse) restaurant in village. Degustation type meal. Food and vino cost 23 euro. Very nice, got to try truffles in a pasta dish. Yum. Day 7: Raining overnight and...

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May 26, 2014 - Benabbio Days 3-5

Progressing steadily with the guitar building.by the end of day 5 I have got the sides and back done, selected the soundboard an readied that for rosette inlay ink. Got the neck to the stage of shaping and glueing the fretboard on. Cut braces for soundboard. We're all ticking along nicely,trying not to make too many mistakes. Went for an early morning walk in the hills behind the village on Sunday. There are many tracks around the hillsides, and numerous scattered old stone huts and buildings dating back to the 13th century, when a pilgrim...

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May 25, 2014 - Benabbio. Guitar building Days 1 + 2

Day 1: Familuirisation with the workshop. Selected woods for back and sides of guitar. Sand and prepare sides for joining and glue together. Cut and sand back braces. And glued to back.lunch break we go back to villa for quick bite. The workshop is situated below the Villa, 30 meters away. For dinner tonight we walked to the pizzarea (Aqualina in Borro) only 5 minutes down the road, had a fabulous meal- 12.50 euro each, including wine. Great value, will be back. After dinner we all sat in the lounge and played and listened to guitars. Day...

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May 23, 2014 - Benabbio

Arrived at little Bagni di Lucca train station, along with 3 other course attendees, and picked up by Ray(Ray and Teri manage Villa San Rocco where we staying) and driven up the narrow winding road to Benabbio,some 500+ meters above sea level. Awesome views along the way, arrived at Villa to be met by Christ Wynne(course tutor) and Teri and Luigi and Pepe. Shown to rooms and around Villa and eventually met all and sundry as they arrived. Had a walk down to "town centre", 5 minutes, and back. Teri prepared a cracker pork roast meal for our...

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Jun 25, 2008 - Day off in Bagni di Lucca / Gombereto

Today was the day we had planned for Roy's dinner, as it was fresh market day in Bagni di Lucca. After a great breakfast, his friend Silvano dropped by for a visit. Silvano is living in his nearby ancestral village but despite his apparent Italianness he is a true Glaswegian just learning the language with Roy. We together checked out the local fresh product and decided on a seafood dinner . We passed most of the day at the pools. It is a fantastic public facility. We capped off the day with Roy's exceptional five-course dinner which...

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