A new book by UK luthier Nigel Forster and photographer Dave Best - the result of a two year long collaborative project. The book contains hundreds of superb photographs of the guitar building process, and in a series of essays Nigel discusses his training, approach and his views on instrument design and construction.
Known for making fine acoustic steel string guitars, mandolins and instruments of the Celtic bouzouki family, Nigel was trained by, and for many years worked with well regarded English luthier Stefan Sobell. This book is the first real insight into a style of building which has intrigued and inspired both players and makers.
A book that should inspire amateur and professional builders, players and collectors alike. Sure to become a favourite amongst lutherie enthusiasts.
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Praise for Between the Ideal and the Possible
“Dave's photographs are beautiful and expressive, and Nigel's essays about subjects like sound, design, timber and many more are just superb. The best book about guitar making I've read so far. A must for anybody interested in that trade in my view.” Alex Hanslik, Vienna, Austria
“It's a gem of a book. Both musicians and luthiers can get inspiration from the essays and the photos. Anyone can enjoy the aesthetics in the superb photos.” Reidar Faich, Norway.
“Just received this beautiful book. The writing and pictures in this work simply blew me away. What an ideal approach.” Michael G, Quebec
"It's hard to imagine how many hours photographer Dave Best must have put in at luthier NK Forster's workshop. In this softbound picture book, he captures the guitar making process from start-to-finish and seems to be at just the right spot for all the artsy wood shaving, gluing, sanding and bracing shots imaginable. The photography Best captured is some of the nicest we've seen on the art of lutherie and the text, penned by Forster, is filled with informative passages that will appeal to any acoustic guitar nut." www.fretboardjournal.com