greg brandt, Valley Village, CA

I've been building nylon stringed guitars for classical, jazz, and studio players for over 30 years. I also take repairs and teach guitar making.

Recent comments

Re: UPDATE: Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman by Peter Korn

This seems like a worthwhile book to own...whether I win it or not ;-)!

Re: UPDATE: Read a review of Wooden Boxes by the giveaway winner

I just spent the last 2 week making finger joint boxes as gifts. It's really fun....but I'm ready to get back to building guitars ;-)

Re: UPDATE: Sharpening & Tuning Hand Planes and Chisels by Hendrik Varju

One can never have too much info on this topic!! I'm in!!

Re: We're Giving Away Grooving Planes!

What do you mean "you changed your mind and now want a ROUND box"??

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Made By Hand by Tom Fidgen

This guitar maker needs to learn how to build something else!!

Re: Is Danish Modern the furniture style of our time?

Very interesting discussion....I wish I could add to it from a "hands on" point of view but, as a guitar maker for over 35 years, my designs are (reasonably) dictated to me by history and customers desire to "get what they are used to seeing". As to Danish Modern (and Mid-Century Modern), A few years ago I came across a set of furniture (dining table & chairs, credenza, china hutch, end table, coffee table) at a garage sale that I bought that was built in the mid 50's by an American company (Drexel). As I read up on the line (Declaration) I came to understand that it was this American company's answer to Danish Modern.....made w/ Walnut instead of Teak / Rosewood. I loved the lines immediately and saw some Maloof in it the moment I laid eyes on it. Not only is the furniture very well made but the clean lines are so comfortable to live with. I can remember growing up w/ similar furniture as a child but this was the first time I "saw" it. I've found some other pieces (a chest of drawers and a nightstand) and see such Danish Modern influences like the drawers on a stand and some subtle raking of angles. This is a beautiful period of design, one that has influenced our modern masters, and (most importantly) oe that is a delight to live with!


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