Welcome to my adventures in Luthiery. Some spell it “Lutherie”, but I’m Canadian so I get to spell it a bit different. I thought it might be fun to show you some photos of the wood-shedding, travels and experiences I’ve had while trying to build instruments over the last 25 years. If it’s a whacky photo, it’ll end up here.
The scary summer of 2017. Me putting my tools & stuff into storage while I look for a new home.
Taking the 5-string pretty serious . Summer 1994
This was my entire tool and parts collection in 1994. That Deep Freeze lid, my bench.
This is Wiens F5 #1 under construction. 1994.
Visiting the Larrivee shop in 1995. Fresh Sitka rounds had just arrived.
John Larrivee Jr. picking me a few fingerboards from Larrivee’s awesome pile. 1995
My ol’ pal Pat & I and our first run-in with the Dawg. Sandpoint Idaho, December 1996.
The first Wiens F5 batch production. 1997
The first batch of Wiens F5s in the white. Late 1997.
Preparing a top to complete the box. 1998.
The first batch of Wiens guitars getting their finish. 1999
Handmade tailpiece cover, hand-engraved by Weldon Lister.2014
Halloween 2000 with John Reischman & the Jaybirds. Me on the left, My pal Pat Parsons in red and our pal Cory.
A few of my earlier mandolins suffered from sinking tops and needed re-topping. Painful lesson and tons of work.
Wiens F5s #9 & #10 being re-topped
Even the “Wienzi” got it’s own labels, just like the Virzi’d Loars did back in 1924
Matching stamps for the “wienzi”
Might as well have fun with it, I always say.
This photo depicts the first use of my F5 rim-building jig. It’s much like the one being used at the Gibson shop at the time. 2002
Here’s #11 Getting it’s soundboard glued on in the jig.
The Wiens F5 rim jig bears it’s first born. #11 in late 2002.
Spending time with a beautiful Loar F5 that came to visit.
Tracing the peghead of a Fern Loar.
Documenting #76547. 2005
Wiens mandolin T-shirt designed by Mike Hepher. 2010
That’s my last name.
Visiting my friend Dan Beimborn in Norfolk England. Photo by Dan. 2007
Dan trying out Wiens #10 for the first time. Nobody’s quite sure yet.
Relaxing in the English countryside, May 2007. Photo by Dan Beimborn.
Printing plates for my instrument labels. 2005
The first die-cut. letter-pressed label by Mike Hepher at Clawhammer Press.
My replica patent stamps for Pickguard & bridge.
Evolution of my Pickguard patent stamp efforts. Geeky stuff.
Dan Beimborn’s Wiens F5 #23 the day it was strung up. October 2007.
Shot of the Wienzi label inside Dan’s mandolin.
Using a hacklinger to document the June ’23 Loar F5. #73682
Happy Day for Justin. He’s just taken delivery of Wiens F5 #24. September 2009.
Justin Carvitto and his Wiens F5 #24 meeting up with #30.
Batch of bodies including a piccolo and 2 mandolas. 2012
Doc says it’s gonna be a boy!
Custom ground dog-leg chisels for cutting the binding rabbets on F5 mandolins.
Meeting Mike Kemnitzer, maker of the astounding “Nugget” mandolins. 2013
Re-living Clarence White’s famous decision to enlarge the soundhole of his D28 with his pocket knife. January 2015.
Preparing to remove a guitar neck with my shop-built jig.
Clamping the bridge of Wiens Dreadnought #14. 2015
Love it when a guy gets his Wiens mandolin #13 inked on.
This is my girl. We were both born in 1969. She worked at the Trail B.C. High School for over 40 years. Then Craig Korth introduced us and we’ve been together ever since. Thanks Craig!