Whats in Process
Woodsound Studio has grown from its start in 1975 in my living room, where I lived and breathed instruments until the business outgrew my home and moved to its first building on the family land. A couple of years later I was invited to open in the nearby town of Camden. Our name spread and the business grew. Eventually I was offered the opportunity to build our current 4,200-square-foot home in a commercial district on U.S. Route 1. We moved to this location in 1989. The Woodsound building lies nestled in the hillside above Clam Cove in the hamlet of Glen Cove, a small seaside borough of Rockport, Maine.
The first floor comprises the showrooms,
where we display and sell restored vintage instruments as well as
new fretted and orchestral stringed instruments and their bows.
We own over 200 instruments in both orchestral and fretted instrument
categories from beginner to master quality ranges including early
American fretted, and German, French, and Italian orchestral masterpieces
and of course the fine instruments we build here at Woodsound Studio.
The second story houses the repair/restoration workshop, a very well-equiped central machine room and rough-out area, and a new instrument assembly and humidity controled room for glue up and humidity-sensitive repairs as well as wood stacks.
Our repair department does all manner of fretted and orchestral instrument repair and restoration. We are a very unusual shop in that we work on both fretted and orchestral instruments. In the old European tradition many luthiers’ shops produced all kinds of stringed instruments, including lutes and guitars, so it was not unusual for a luthier to have such a broad range of interests. This being Maine, a very rural state with a small population, a broad range was necessary for survival as well.
Our location here in Rockport has been intrinsicly connected to the Bay Chamber Concerts and the many world-class performers they have brought to our area. Those players, such as Marc Johnson, have come to trust and rely on our restoration services as well as fretted players across New England, such as Don McLean, Gordon Bok, and other notable players such as Fareed Haque.
We have all of the major tools found in a modern woodworking shop (including a dupe carver and thickness sander), and although we do a large amount of work by hand, we also recognize that in today’s world machine-assisted work can save a great deal of time.