The documentary above is the product of six months spent in the workshop of an expert luthier – a crafter of string instruments. The film follows luthier Alex Bishop as he creates a Gypsy jazz guitar, while Bishop speaks about his love for his craft. The music heard in the video is played by Bishop on the guitar he made. Watch the video for some stunning visuals of his craft.
In South Africa we have some noted luthiers of our own: Murray Kuun and Marc Maingard are probably two of the best known. In the video below you can see Maingard at work crafting a guitar, and the video below it shows Derek Gripper playing one of Kuun’s guitars.
Alex Bishop video credit: Contra agency