The original great and glorious festival of lutherie, often copied but never duplicated, the Guild of American Luthiers Convention/Exhibition is legendary and highly anticipated in the lutherie community. It’s another avenue the Guild uses to bring together luthiers from everywhere, of all specialties and skill levels, seasoned pros and part-timers, in a spirit of cooperation and camaraderie.
This year’s convention was no exception, and many commented that it was the “best GAL Convention ever!” About 435 luthiers and their friends registered to attend five days of lutherie fun and learning including lectures and workshops; exhibition of members instruments and lutherie supplies for sale; the “Venerables” exhibit of old, odd, and remarkable instruments; concerts; impromptu talks and musical presentations; off-campus open mikes; and our benefit auction. See the links above for lots of pictures and descriptions of all the action.
Content from the convention presentations will eventually appear as articles in the pages of American Lutherie.
Current members can see more convention coverage in the Fall 2014 issue of American Lutherie (#119).