de Jonge School of Lutherie
Guitar Making Course

I am offering a 5-week intensive course of instruction in acoustic guitar building. The course offers 5-day/week hands-on instruction in the workshop, with optional room & board. Students will learn every aspect of the process from start to finish, and will build their own guitars during the course.

These days, my home and shop are in Chelsea, QC. Canada (near Ottawa). I've been at various locations over the years, (mainly in and around Toronto), but in 2003 I bought an old restored farmhouse in the country, including an old barn and renovated shop and guest house.
(see photo below)

The 15 acre property is mostly wooded and surrounded on two sides by the Gatineau river. The Wakefield steam train rolls by twice a day in the warmer months.


Course Fee:

5 week course .............................................CAN $6000.00

Optional room & board (vegetarian meals) please inquire

WiFi high speed internet is available on the property

Optional second guitar:
Some people like to start a second guitar during the course. They may do so but I ask that students focus on their first guitar insuring that it stays caught up. Furthermore students should think of the second guitar as a personal review and I cannot supply much attention towards it. The surcharge is $1000.00.


A 20% deposit is required to reserve your space. Balance of payment is due on the first day of the course

All tools and materials are provided.

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Testimonials &

APR 23 - MAY 25

JUN 27 - JUL 29


This is a comprehensive and detailed course covering the construction of classical and flat-top steel-string guitars. Students will, in the course of this program, build a guitar from rough materials and follow through to a completed instrument.

Students will be familiarized with the luthier's tools, their safe use and proper maintenance. Plans, templates and special jigs will be introduced and constructed by the students for their own use and retained by them at the course's completion.

Students will gain an appreciation for the choices of woods in guitar construction and why different woods are used for different parts of the guitar. Practical design and acoustic principles will also be examined, as well as comparative approaches of other established guitar makers.

Students will learn:

  • designing their instruments and bracing patterns based on preferences and acoustic principles
  • designing and constructing jigs and templates for specific operations;
  • use of all power and hand tools; how to maintain them and use them safely; good work habits
  • making all internal and external parts from rough stock; cutting raw stock as necessary
  • joining, planing and bracing a sound board and back
  • making kerfed linings
  • hand bending the sides to fit the mold and assembling the guitar frame; adding back and sides
  • inserting or inlaying purfling and sound hole rosettes
  • cutting and fitting the neck-to-body dovetail joint
  • building, shaping, and re-enforcing the neck; making and slotting the fingerboard; installing frets
  • finishing materials and techniques; sanding and polishing
  • final assembly and set-up to critical specifications
  • some repair techniques

All tools and materials are supplied with the course.

Classes will run for 8 hours per day, Monday through Friday.

Class size is presently restricted to optimize student/teacher interaction and shop resources.

A 20% deposit is required to reserve your space.


Next available course begins: June/July 2021




This in depth program expands upon the 5-week intensive course -- Adding much practical experience and broadening the student's abilities.

Applicants must meet the required level of skill and proficiency in guitar making.

4 month course..............................................................................CAN $20,000.00

Please inquire for more details.


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