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Luthier's Shop small blocks that adorn the doorways and cabinets in this part of the shop. I've also added bits of stained glass to embellish the front windows.

My stationary tools and fabrication stations line the walls in the back portion of the shop. These tools are all connected to a dust collector. This part of the shop is also plumbed for

Luthier's Shop my shop grew out of my love of wood, woodworking and music. I build mostly mandolins, along with guitars, banjos and an occasional fiddle. Now that I've retired from teaching, I can devote the time it takes to build an heirloom-quality instrument from scratch (usually about three months), without feeling pressured to finish the job quickly to pay the bills.

Although my shop is located in the basement, large glass entry doors flood natural light into the front of the shop, where I assemble and finish my instruments. My tool cabinets and benches are stationed there, including my pride and joy, a workbench inspired by one that I saw in the movie "The Red Violin." I've carved the leaves of native trees into

Tell Us About Your Shop compressed air. My stationary tools are easy to pull into position for use, because none of them are large industrial models—they're all sized for the type of work that I do.

A CNC shaper/carver might expedite some of the less interesting tasks, such as roughing out shapes. But I must confess that I have a real love for old hand tools, which I collect, refurbish, and frequently use.

The summers can get quite hot and humid here in Georgia, but my shop stays comfortable all year long.

thanks to its basement location. In fact it's hard to get me out of my sanctuary—with a little music playing in the background, it's easy to lose track of time. My wife jokes that the reason I spend so much time here is to be with my girlfriend, "Amanda Lynn!" She's right, of course—I hope that the pleasure I derive from working in this little shop is reflected in the instruments that I make.

Scott Bennett Newnan, Georgia

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