An Adventure in Lutherie by Ciaran McNally
An adventure in lutherie by Ciaran McNally | Parlor Build
Ciaran McNally is a lutherie student orginally from Armagh, N.Ireland. He started playing guitar at the age of 13 and began to look into lutherie around the age of 15/16, first through electric guitar kits, then moving on to acoustic kits. At 17 he enrolled in an evening course in Belfast with Sam Irwin, where he began making guitars from scratch. After a year of the course in Belfast, and having just finished school, he decided to attend university in London where the only instrument making degreee in Europe runs. He is now 20 years old, reading a BSC Musical Instruments at London Metrolpolitan University. where he spends most of the time either in the workshop or teaching guitar. Apart from required projects, he makes 2/3 other instruments per year. After the degree finishes in 2012, he is hoping to work for another Luthier for a few years to hone his skills and develop personal designs before starting his own brand!
Ciaran is very kindly penning a column for us entitled An Adventure in Lutherie. He will be sharing his thoughts and experiences on his journey in luthiery, including classes and build diaries. It is a great insight into the profession!