Today the spotlight moves north to Scotland, and for a change it falls on a luthier who makes acoustic instruments. Rory Dowling is the man behind Taran Guitars (Taran means ‘Thunder’ in Gaelic, apparently) and he builds a range of different acoustic guitars, tenors, mandolins and bouzoukis. I’m not much of an acoustic player but these instruments look beautiful, and his website has some great build photos showing the innards of his guitars, as well as the finished products.
Here are a couple of examples of Rory’s work. They almost make me want to play without an amplifier!