Here are some photos from the 2013 Marylhurst University Musical Instrument Makers' Show: (Most were taken before the show was open to the public-- these are all the makers and vendors.)
It wasn't all guitars and fiddles, as you can see. This couple makes Persian instruments called "Tars" (the larger ones) and Setars, (not "Sitars", which have 30 strings...traditionally, a Setar has three strings, but apparently about a century ago, a tradition of four-string setars began.) That little thing to the right of center is a setar.
There were also two banjo makers, several ukulele makers, mandolin makers, an orchestral harp maker, and, yes, even a few fiddle makers. And every kind of guitar imaginable.
The table in the next photo was mine...I was sharing it with my son, who makes guitars. That worked out well. We had someone at our table nearly constantly.
In the picture above, Brian, my youngest son, had not yet arrived. In the one below, his girlfriend was helping set up his display.
There were approximately 500 visitors each day...it was a pretty encouraging weekend.
Thanks again for all the encouragement, folks.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 @6:05:49 PM
Great photos, and great story. Thanks Chet!
Thursday, May 2, 2013 @8:38:59 PM
Looks like fun. I will have to mark next year's date on my calendar. Just out of curiosity, why Marylhurst for such a show? It's a little off the beaten path for many Portlanders.
Chet Bishop Says:
Thursday, May 2, 2013 @9:02:57 PM
Originally it was at the forestry center, I am told, but, inexplicably, the forestry center folks told them they couldn't do it there anymore, so they looked for a new host.
All this was years before I was involved, so I can't recite the whole evolutionary chain, but I can say that the current venue is an ideal location, in terms of the size of the room, and the concert hall, auditorium, chapel, whatever it is, where they conduct the concerts.
Admission is $3. Concerts all day for no extra cost. Lots of parking, and it's free. Try finding that downtown...
I drive 45 minutes one way to get there, but there were folks driving from central Oregon (Bend), southern Oregon (Gold Beach), and sometimes Idaho or further, to participate. Very good event, in my opinion. Well worth the trouble.
Larry Rutledge Says:
Thursday, May 2, 2013 @9:54:41 PM
The guitar of your son's on the table is a beaut! Maybe turn some of your work around to show off the backs (if it's allowed)
Chet Bishop Says:
Friday, May 3, 2013 @4:36:57 AM
You can turn 'em any way you want. I had them in that rack so that people could see both sides, a little--and those who were interested, I took the fiddles down and handed them to them, so they saw everything up close. Glad you liked Brian's guitars. Everyone who played them loved them.
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