Over the years I have built a variety of guitars and other instruments.

I have a keen appreciation and respect for tradition and, at the same time, a desire to build upon it. My efforts have not been put into the reinventing of designs for the sake of it but as and when design changes can help with the voice of an instrument I do not hesitate to effect changes.

One of the more obvious areas of departure from tradition is my use of non-traditional tonewoods, especially my use of New Zealand native timbers. Rare, unique and beautiful, they are timbers that I have acquired a knowledge in over twenty and more years of building and it is a delight to showcase them in my instruments.

The most often asked question regarding these woods is "How do they sound compared to such and such?", but that is not the right question. The correct question is not about the isolated tone of the wood components but the tone of the finished instrument, and that is more than the sum of all the individual tonewoods.

In the end, it is the sound of the instrument itself that is the only important question worth asking, and one that is best left for others to answer....

"Thank you 1000000000000 for involving me in your amazing work. But the guitar.......oh my god....... I simply loved it. There is no better guitar on earth in my experience. I am really quite haunted by it. I miss it, though I played it less than 3 hours. Never felt anything quite like this about a guitar. Haunted.......... You are a magic man Laurie.. Thanks again. I hope our paths will cross and merge in the future. Un abrazo. m"

Michael Chapdelaine, Professor of Music UNM Music Department

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