These links are in four groups:

  1. Websites with more information about Totnes
  2. Makers' Supplies and resources
  3. Guitar-related sites
  4. Luthiers, many of whom are past students of the School.



Train information   how to get here.
The Totnes Web   info on the town and area.
County information   the wider region
Westcountry links    not just tourist information on Totnes and the area.
Hotels in and around Totnes   some are near, but some further away.
Painting of Totnes and River   done in 1831, now in the Tate Gallery, London.
Totnes School of English   has courses all year round.
Dartington College of Arts    college of art, dance, theatre, music and writing.
Dartington Hall Trust    The College's parent organisation.

Makers' Suppliers

Some who are too good to leave out of a useful contact list do not have websites. Their addresses and tel / fax are given instead.

David Dyke Luthiers Supplies   Knowledgable supplier with a wide selection of woods.
The Hall Horebeech Lane, Horam, Heathfield, East Sussex TN21 0HR England. Tel: +44 1435 812315

Touchstone Tonewoods   Excellent supplier of woods and parts for instruments.
44 Albert Road North, Reigate, Surrey RH2 9EZ England Tel: +44 1737 221064

Small Wonder Music Company   Mother-of-Pearl, other shell and inlay materials in great variety.
Mike Read and Adrian Farmer.

Phil Brown      Maker of very high quality wooden pegs in many woods for guitars, lutes, viols etc.
2, Stove Cottages, Tindale Fell, Brampton, Cumbria CA8 2QW England Tel: +44 16977 46307

Kent Armstrong      Rainbow Pickups.
Hazeldene House, Nickley Wood Road, Shadoxhurst, Kent TN26 1LZ England Tel: +44 1223 732527

Hiscox Cases      Strong, fibreglass cases. Many sizes.
Unit 7-8 Mill Park Industrial Estate, Hawks Green Lane, Cannock, Staffordshire WS11 2XT England Tel: +44 1543 571420

Paxman Cases Ltd      bespoke, custom made cases to fit any instrument.
3 Tudor Court, Harold Court Road, Harold Park, Romford, Essex RM3 0EA England Tel: +44 1708 345415

William Cowley      Parchment and Vellum.
97 Cladecote Street, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire MK16 0DB England Tel: +44 1908 610038

J. Crispin and Son      Veneers.
92-96 Curtain Road Shoreditch, London EC2A 3AA England Tel: +44 171 739 4857

Bina Misical Instruments      Indian, family-run supplier of Sitars, and spares and accessories for them.
31-33 The Green, Southall, Middlesex England Tel: +44 181 843 1411

Heckscher Ltd      Musical wire.
75 Bayham Street, London, NW1 0AA England Tel: +44 171 387 1735

Robert and David Rodgers      Makers of fine machineheads in Leicester, UK.

Stewart Macdonald    Luthier's Supply Shop in Montana with extensive catalogue. Very efficient mail-order delivery.

Headway Acoustic Pickups   High quality British-made acoustic pickups and amps.

Gemini Pickups   Versatile British-made electric guitar pickups.

Bareknuckle Pickups   High quality electric guitar pickups.

Tonetech Luthiers Supplies   UK based luthiers supplies.

Prime Timber   UK based timber supplier.


Guitar-related websites

Acoustic Guitar Resources      a vast list

Guitarsite      home of Guitar News Weekly.

Martin Koch's guitar-building pages      Guitar building books and guitar making resources.

Robert Eyland      Maker of fine Viols in nearby Dartington

Simon Ambridge      Maker of fine classical and flamenco guitars in Dartington

Stefan Sobell      Guitar, Cittern and Mandolin maker working in Hexham, Northumberland

Mark Lacey      Archtop jazz guitar maker, working in Nashville, Tennessee

Organic Guitars      High quality UK guitar maker.

Jungle Guitars      Guitar building course in Goa, India.

Patrick James Eggle      Fine English acoustic guitars.



About half of our students come on the course with the intention of pursuing the work professionally in some form or another. Some have gone on to work with other makers such as Patrick James Eggle, Parker Guitars and Fender, or have gone into repair work with shops. Others have set up on their own, building and repairing instruments, and some of these are listed below.

Stearn Guitars - Jesse Stearn
Handmade custom acoustic guitars.

Address: 2325 East Bonair Street
Utah 84117
United States
Telephone: +1 801.274.2359

Sam McClaren Guitars - Sam McClaren
Classical and steel string guitars.

Telephone:07540 637515

Lewis Guitar Works - Pete Lewis
Custom builds, set-ups and repairs.

Telephone:07557 040990

Gosden Guitars - Peter Gosden
Lap steel and steel string guitars.

Address:Flat 2, 4 Bowen Lane
GU31 4DR
Telephone: +44 (0)7812 183489

Ruach Custom Bass Guitars - Heath Wright
Custom electric bass guitars.

Telephone: +44 (0)7802 484857

OV Guitars - Owen Davies
Electric and steel string guitars.

Address:The Coach House
Station Road
Telephone: +44 (0)7971 694554

Gitarrenbau - Peter John
Classical and steel stringed instruments.

Address:3500 Krems
Weinzierl 35
Telephone: 02732 83244

Gerhard Bode-Labusch
Steel string and classical guitars.

Address: Alte Dorfstr. 1
D-31632 Husum-Bohlsehle
This is near Hamburg.
Telephone: ++49 5027 8179


Weston Instruments / Ottawa Guitar Repair - Ian Weston
Custom instruments and repairs.

Address:13 Cedarock Drive
Kanata, ON

Telephone: +1 (613) 407 4203

Doug Kyle
Gypsy Jazz, and Arch-Top Jazz guitars.

Address: Fursdon
Devon TQ13 8QT
Telephone: +44 (0)1647 440394

Preacher handmade guitars - Adrian Dawkins
Individually made acoustic and electric guitars.

Address: 14 Kearnsey Avenue
Kent CT16 3BU
Telephone: +44 (0)1304 823962

Jens Hucke - JJ Hucke Guitars
Electric guitars.

Address: PO Box 124
Shipston On Stour
Warwickshire CV36 5ZT
Fax: +44 (0)1608 684 887




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