Local Luthier Donates Guitar to the Artists in Schools Raffle 2015

mike & the guitar

Mike Kelly donates custom guitar for 2015 Raffle

Local luthier Mike Kelly has been woodworking all of his life and began making guitars about 12 years ago.  He enjoys making about five or six guitars a year.  “I was extremely lucky to find Brandt Larsen, a long time luthier and instrument builder, who patiently and generously shared his knowledge, skills and encouragement while teaching me this very rewarding craft,” says Mike.  “I’m happy to say that several local musicians play guitars that I have built; Lynn Zanetta, Mark Daigle, Paul Douville, B.J. Jordan, and, my teacher, Brandt Larsen.”  

Mike has donated one of these fine instruments to the Artists in Schools Raffle and explains: “This is a dreadnought size guitar with Africa Mahogany back and sides and an Adirondack Spruce top.”  If you are interested in owning one of Mike’s guitars you may contact him at 530 289-3588 or email katie@gardenfolk.com.


Posted In Categories: Arts Council News, Arts in the Schools
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