This should be very interesting. Woody has one month to prepare.
Preparing to teach a light-weight class in guitar making. The class begins in October. Scheduled are six weekly meetings for 90 minutes. An overview of the methods of home-shop guitar making will be presented as well as some in-class demos. The class is for home-shop craftsmen as well as the just plain curious.
The first class is, of course, the one that is most difficult to prepare as the age and expectations of the students are unknown at this point. Woody expects a mixture of retired and/or weekend workshop warriors. The class is free to seniors (50+).
The challenge will be to present luthiery demonstrations in a classroom setting. I've built a portable workbench and a cabinet to leave in the classroom for 6 weeks to avoid hauling tools back and forth each week. Selective demos will, of course, not require machining... only a few hand tools, a work surface and a vise. Learning will come from observation, asking questions, and viewing the weekly slide presentations.
Woody's preparation for the class has required a curious change of pace in the shop. Three guitars underway, each at a different stage of construction. The course description states that a complete guitar will be constructed in six weeks. The six-week requirement is not the challenge as much as introducing construction and assembly techniques in the same week. To have the process make sense to the unfamiliar, the plan is to show the guitar-making woodcraft in three stages each week...
This is how it comes. The milled wood as it comes from the supplier.
This is what you do with it. Home-shop manufactured guitar parts; light in-class demos.
This is where it goes.The final assembly of parts into a guitar.
During the final week the class will meet at Woody Strings. That's the plan anyway.
Check Woody's Luthier's Journal for October and November this year to see how it goes.
In the meantime, I will be constructing parts and preparing hand-tool demos... and taking lots of photos. So, what's different? The difference is that I have to think about explaining what I'm doing as I am doing it. So, these days, I have long and spontaneous conversations with Woody. Then I listen to music, glue things together...and rehearse nine hours of stand-on-your-feet-and-talk about guitar building for 6 weeks.