TOOL SHARPENING

TOOL SHARPENING

It is learned by sharpening steel tools for woodworking.

PROGRAM.

Wood cutting tools, classification. Metals used as edges and their heat treatments. Concepts of granulometry and sharpening. Types of stones and lubricants. Sharpening Machines. Templates and guides for specific edges work. Sharpening techniques for chisels, gouges, knives, scrapers, handsaws, scissors, axes, carving and turning tools, brush blades, circular saws, drill bits, router bits.

General information

Goals. The main objective is educational, theoretical and practical knowledge is provided to develop basic skills to sharpening steel tools for woodworking.

Recipients. All those people over 18 years old who wish to learn sharpening and develop it professionally. It is not necessary to have previous experience in the field.

Course modality. Intensive and group course of 8 hours in one day.

We have a work space with all the appropriate comfort, lighting and safety conditions.

Materials. We recommend to bring some tools to sharpen during the course. (if not available, the school will provide practice materials).

Schedule. Sharpening courses are scheduled twice a year.

CIRCUITS

CIRCUITS

It is learned by working on electronics of plucked strings musical instruments.

PROGRAM.

Origin of electrical circuits in plucked string instruments. Basic notions of electricity. Components of a circuit and their functions. Tools needed. Elementary measurements. Welding technique. Faraday cage (shielding). Installation of circuits in acoustic guitars and electric solid and hollow body musical instruments. Diagrams of the most recognized instruments. Common problems and their solutions.

General information

Goals. The main objective is educational, theoretical and practical knowledge is provided to develop basic skills to design and make electrical circuits in guitars (classic, electric, flattop, archtop, bases, Latin American folk ones…).

Recipients. All those people over 18 years old who wish to learn guitar making and develop it professionally. It is not necessary to have previous experience in the field or to have knowledge of music.

Course modality. Intensive and group course of 8 hours in one day.

We have a work space with all the appropriate comfort, lighting and safety conditions, in a workshop equipped with the necessary machines and tools to carry out the guitar buildings.

Materials. We recommend to bring the components (they will be defined with each student) to make a complete circuit, or an instrument that requires modifications in its electronics to work during the course. (If not available, the school will provide practice materials).

Schedule. Circuit courses are scheduled twice a year.

FRET WORK

FRET WORK

It is learned by fretting plucked strings musical instruments, acoustic and electric.

PROGRAM.

Concept of scale length division. Entry calculation. Fretwork tools. Fretboard surface, planes, radii, compound radii. Frets, materials and variables. Slotting and placement. Re-fretting works. Fingerboards with bindings. Finishing works.

General information

Goals. The main objective is educational, theoretical and practical knowledge is provided to develop basic skills in fret work, including all kind of guitars (classic, electric, flattop, archtop, bases, Latin American folk ones…).

Recipients. All those people over 18 years old who wish to learn guitar making and develop it professionally. It is not necessary to have previous experience in the field or to have knowledge of music.

Course modality. Intensive and group course of 8 hours in one day.

We have a work space with all the appropriate comfort, lighting and safety conditions, in a workshop equipped with the necessary machines and tools to carry out the guitar buildings.

Materials. We recommend to bring an instrument that requires a change of frets to work during the course (if not available, the school will provide practice materials).

Schedule. Fret work courses are scheduled twice a year.

FINISHING

FINISHING

It is learned by finishing and polishing musical instruments, with shellac and nitrocellulose lacquer.

PROGRAM.

TRAINING MODULE I

Brief historical review of finishes used for musical instruments. History of shellac. Identification and selection of materials. Surface preparation and abrasives. Use of polishing tools. French gloss technique. Resins and alcohols.

Pore sealing. Opening of the gloss, thickening, stretching and alcohol coating. Leveled and polished.

Accessories.

Oil finishes. Space climate control. Preparation and storage. Common finishing problems and their solution.

TRAINING MODULE II

Origin, description, and history of nitrocellulose lacquer. Surface preparation and abrasives. Lacquer preparation. Solvents and thinners. Work environment. Use of polishing tools. Finishing technique by pad, brush and spray. Polishes and sealants. Dyes and additives. Gloss application. Leveled and polished.

Accessories.

Masking techniques. Design and use of workspaces. Paints, systems and products. Climate control of the space, use of curing oven. Use of polyurethane, polyester and epoxy lacquers.

General information

Goals. The main objective is educational, theoretical and practical knowledge is provided to develop basic skills in French polishing technique applying shellac and the different ways of applying nitrocellulose lacquers. The secondary is to guide each person in the experience of comprehensive repair of musical instruments in an artisanal way, achieving a high level of protection and aesthetics.

Recipients. All those people over 18 years old who wish to learn guitar making and develop it professionally, as well as those musicians who wish to keep their instrument in optimal conditions. It is not necessary to have previous experience in the field or to have knowledge of music.

Course modality. This program can be chosen in regular classes, intensive classes or as individual classes.

The regular group classes, 2 hours and a half weekly, with a maximum of 8 students per course. Intensive and group course of 8 hours in one day. The individual classes are organized with each student (2 hours minimum/5 hours maximum).
Each student brings one or more instruments and practices with it, under the supervision of the teacher. If the student do not have a guitar, the school can provide it for practices. The pace of work in class, and the deepening of knowledge are defined by the teaching staff, according to the interests of each student.

We have a work space with all the appropriate comfort, lighting and safety conditions, in a workshop equipped with the necessary machines and tools to carry out the guitar buildings.

Schedule. Regular classes run from February to December. You can start at any time of the year, as long as there is vacancy available. Intensive courses are scheduled twice a year. The individual classes are agreed with each student.

Duración. El tipo de aprendizaje y los tiempos que este demande son individuales: el curso inicia cuando la persona comienza su primer proyecto y dependiendo de la búsqueda de cada cual, puede terminar con la finalización de ese propósito o continuar en el aprendizaje de la luthería y terminar cuando decida que está en condiciones de afrontar el oficio profesionalmente. Independientemente del tiempo que le demande a cada persona.

REPAIR

REPAIR

It is learned by repairing plucked strings musical instruments, acoustic and electric.

PROGRAM.

Brief historical review of the building variables of plucked string instruments, analyzing the design and development of the most recognized models. Differences between repair and restore. Review and diagnostic instruments. Preparation of budgets. Range of classic techniques used in each type of repair, classic materials. Cracks, longitudinal to the grain, transverse breaks, holes, material addition. Large piece fractures. Reinforcements, their preparation and application. Glued and unglued parts. Modern techniques and new materials. Necessary tools (standard and built by each repairman). Decisions about finishing. Identification and corrections. Set-up and general cleaning. Re-fretting. Height compensation. Maintenance recommendations.

General information

Goals. The main objective is educational,  theoretical and practical knowledge is provided to develop basic skills in repair of electric (guitars and basses) and acoustic plucked string instruments (classical, flamenco, or steel string guitars, charangos, ronrocos, guitarrones, Venezuelan cuatros, Cuban tres and practically any chordophone of this type). The secondary is to guide each person in the experience of comprehensive repair of musical instruments in an artisanal way, achieving a high level of functional and aesthetic recovery.

Recipients. All those people over 18 years old who wish to learn guitar making and develop it professionally, as well as those musicians who wish to keep their instrument in optimal conditions. It is not necessary to have previous experience in the field or to have knowledge of music.

Course modality. This program can be chosen in regular classes, intensive classes or as individual classes.

The regular group classes, 2 hours and a half weekly, with a maximum of 8 students per course. Intensive and group course of 8 hours in one day. The individual classes are organized with each student (2 hours minimum/5 hours maximum).
Each student brings one or more instruments and practices with it, under the supervision of the teacher. If the student do not have a guitar, the school can provide it for practices. The pace of work in class, and the deepening of knowledge are defined by the teaching staff, according to the interests of each student.

We have a work space with all the appropriate comfort, lighting and safety conditions, in a workshop equipped with the necessary machines and tools to carry out the guitar buildings.

Schedule. Regular classes run from February to December. You can start at any time of the year, as long as there is vacancy available. Intensive courses are scheduled twice a year. The individual classes are agreed with each student.

Duración. El tipo de aprendizaje y los tiempos que este demande son individuales: el curso inicia cuando la persona comienza su primer proyecto y dependiendo de la búsqueda de cada cual, puede terminar con la finalización de ese propósito o continuar en el aprendizaje de la luthería y terminar cuando decida que está en condiciones de afrontar el oficio profesionalmente. Independientemente del tiempo que le demande a cada persona.

SET-UP

SET-UP

It is learned by performing the comprehensive set-up (tuning and playability) of musical instruments, especially guitars and basses of all kinds.

PROGRAM.

Brief historical review, analyzing design and construction of the most popular models. Why and what to calibrate. Review and diagnosis of each instrument. Condition of the neck and the frets. Disassembly of the instrument, understanding of the different handle and body assembly systems. Truss rod operation and handle adjustment. Concept of scale length, fret placement and bridge. Set-up and bridge cleaning, analysis of the different models. Rectification, contouring and polishing frets. String oscillations. Height compensation. Final set-up. Maintenance recommendations.

General information

Goals. The main objective is educational, theoretical and practical knowledge is provided to develop basic skills in guitar set-up, including all kind of guitars (classic, electric, flattop, archtop, bases, Latin American folk ones…). The secondary is to guide each person in the experience of integral set-up, a comprehensive tuning of musical instruments in an artisanal way, achieving the maximum possible performance of each guitar.

Recipients. All those people over 18 years old who wish to learn guitar making and develop it professionally, as well as those musicians who wish to keep their instrument in optimal conditions. It is not necessary to have previous experience in the field or to have knowledge of music.

Course modality. Intensive and group course of 8 hours in one day. Each student brings one or more instruments and practices with it, under the supervision of the teacher. The instrument does not run any type of risk in this and once the course is finished it is perfectly calibrated. If the student do not have a guitar, the school can provide it for practices.

We have a work space with all the appropriate comfort, lighting and safety conditions, in a workshop equipped with the necessary machines and tools to carry out the guitar buildings.

Materials. We recommend to bring an instrument in good condition, a tuner, cable, truss-rod adjustment wrench if you have one, and a new set of strings to calibrate during the course. In double locking system bridges, it is advisable to bring a new set of springs.

Schedule. Set-up courses are scheduled twice a year.

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