Chris Larkin Guitars

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  • I work alone hand building a variety of instruments beside the beach on the beautiful west coast of Ireland. I am in my fourth decade of guitar making and it is still the best job in the world. And, so far, I get paid to do it. Nothing could be better!

    Working alone gives me total control over the process. I do everything from buying in the wood to packing the instruments for shipping and nothing leaves the workshop that I cannot be proud of. Each day I look forward to going to work and learn something more about my craft. The more I learn the more I know I have to learn. And there is no Holy Grail in guitarmaking, there are too many variables in hand making an instrument to be sure of anything. The traditional ‘rules’ are there to be tested. At this stage, working with wood has become largely intuitive for me.

    I am a wood junkie always on the lookout for nice timber and over the years I have built up relationships with some top quality suppliers of wood from all over the world. I have some pieces that I hide from myself as I don’t really want to use them! Apart from the normal tonewoods I like to experiment with lesser known timbers. In the last ten years I have been searching out and using as much Irish grown wood as possible. It is hard to source but worth the effort and some of the instruments to be found elsewhere on the site show that irish woods can produce instruments that look and sound as good as anything made from more exotic woods. In my opinion more people should try it.

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