The list below represents some of my favorite links. They are not all wood-working related and are sorted by category. Click on the Logo or Website title to visit the links.
INSTRUCTION AND EDUCATION:
PFW’s goal is to provide a broad range of hands-on classes for woodworkers of all levels. Workshops are offered in various formats and include classes that meet for 1 or 2 days (week-end), week-long (5 consecutive days) summer workshops, and courses meeting 1 night a week for multiple weeks.
LUTHERIE AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS:
The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans (ASIA) was established in 1988 to help provide a sense of community and professionalism to the field of stringed instrument making and repair. The goals of the association include the establishment of a comprehensive database of resources, supplies and technical information, a means of providing multi-level education within the profession, assistance in marketing and promotion, and the publication of informative newsletters and journals.
ASIA publishes the quarterly journal guitarmaker, a quarterly magazine for builders and repair technicians.
A collection of resources on the subject of designing and building plucked stringed musical instruments, from Liutaio Mottola. The focus in these pages is on electric and acoustic guitars and basses (mostly basses), and includes information on design, construction, acoustics, and ergonomics of stringed instruments. There is information here that should be of interest to folks who want to get started in lutherie (stringed instrument making) as well as for more experienced designers, builders and researchers.
Covers acoustic guitar building, electric guitar making, archtop guitar building, violin making, dulcimer making, mandolin building, banjo building, or any other type of lutherie; pickup winding and rewinding; drum making; flute and recorder making and repair; brass instrument building and repair; and more. Features the Musical Instrument Makers Forum, an interactive forum for the discussion of musical instrument construction, design and repair; welcoming builders of all instruments at any skill level from expert to wannabe.
SPRAY BOOTHS AND SUPPLIES:
GENERAL FINISHING AND REFINISHING:
This is a moderated e-mail exchange primarily for professional
refinishers. Yearly dues required after a 30 day free trial. Very highly recommended if you are serious about finishing.
This site provides historical information related to clock restoration as well as numerous how-to presentations. There are several topic-specific discussion forums so visitors can post questions or view techniques of other visitors. The site was created as a companion to the book Extreme Restoration which has over 680 pages of restoration information and over 2,700 digital color photos.