Hello, my name is Robert Flindall and I’m the owner of Flindall Guitars. I want to thank you for taking the time to check in on my website and the wonderful world of luthiery. I began my woodworking odyssey back some 24 years ago when I was 16 years old and still in high school. As a part time job, I began working for a local custom kitchen cabinet maker, never having touched wood to saw or plane in my entire life. I learned a lot in those 2 years of working in a cabinet shop, but I was a sponge and wanted to learn more. Every book, magazine and New Yankee Workshop episode was devoured in a veracious appetite to learn more. Over the years I’ve enjoyed trying my hand in almost every aspect of woodworking from rough framing to furniture making but in 2011 I had one of those epiphany moments when I visited the Martin Guitar factory in Nazareth, Pennsylvania with a friend.
Over the years, I’ve dabbled in playing guitar, and often wondered how one would go about building a guitar. My trip to Pennsylvania changed all of that. After the factory tour I decided I was going to build my first guitar. Like so many years ago, standing in that cabinet shop, I was a novice – and constructing my first guitar seemed like quite the daunting task. And just like so many years ago, I devoured everything I could about luthiery. In 2011, I completed my first guitar and although far from perfect, it was a resounding success.
Since building my first guitar, I’ve spent a significant amount of time refining my technique and studying the art of luthiery. I have a new found respect for acoustic guitars when I walk into my local music store and the work that goes into building them. And I also have a new found respect on what makes a great guitar and what makes a poorly constructed guitar. One aspect of guitar building that’s extremely important to me, is that the inside of the box has to be just as beautiful as the outside of the guitar. When was the last time you picked up an acoustic guitar and looked deep inside the soundhole? Have a look next time. You’ll quickly see that all guitars are not created equal. This is what makes the difference between a factory built guitar and a truly hand crafted guitar. It’s the fit and finish. It’s the attention to detail, even in the areas of the guitar that the average player will never see.
One of the most satisfying aspects of guitar building is the knowledge that art begets art. Luthiery truly is an art form and there are very few instances in the world where one art form is transformed into another art form – music. I always get a chill down my spine when a truly talented player picks up one of my guitars and makes it sing. It makes it all worth while knowing that my art form is being used by another to create theirs.
Well, enough about me – it’s truly about the guitars. And I have one currently on the go in the workshop so I better get back at it.
All the best,