Lightweight and easy to carry, these musical tools were expertly handcrafted by specialized craftsmen known as “luthiers.”
Today, in a world of mass production and manufacturing, only a handful of artisans still practice this ancient trade. Schenectady local luthier Roy Watson is one of them. The Schenectady County Historical Society will host “Crafting Guitars: An Intro to Luthiering with Roy Watson,” a program set for Saturday, March 12th at Mabee Farm Historic Site in which Watson will demonstrate and discuss the ins and outs of the trade.
A lifetime guitar player, Watson shares his passion for music with his family, though it wasn’t until retirement that he was able to devote his time to building and constructing these instruments. He specializes in crafting guitars, banjos, and other stringed acoustic instruments out of locally sourced wood.
This program will begin at 2 pm. Admission is $10, free for Schenectady County Historical Society members. The Mabee Farm Historic Site is located at 1100 Main Street, Rotterdam Junction, Schenectady County, New York.