Ian Chisholm

History of Instruments built

Instruments before labels:

1.    Old No 6, the Shouter, C1972

2.    Celia’s C1975 – now (2018) in Vancouver

3.    12 string  (Keith Willson) 1977

4.    LCF (was in college 1979 – 82) course guitar (Janet’s) 1980?

5.    Bouzouki  (given to Richard Durrant) (660 scale) 1981?

6.    A-style mandolin, 1982 – 5 (LCF) (now belongs to Amy Reed)

7.    Lute, 1987  (retrieved from Mike Gulston)

8.    Docs cutaway guitar, “The Good Blonde”. 1992

9.    Red guitar, O-style, maple, 1995 (failure, destroyed)

10.   Mike O’Shea’s first mandolin, 2002

12.   Horny bouzouki, 2004

13.   Green guitar, 2005 (started in 1997ish)  Sold to Julian King

15.   Cherry cutaway (for me) ‘ Nov 2006, given to Kit Cloggy 2009

Instruments, mostly with labels:

11.   Alan’s mandolin, 2004

14.   Classical guitar, from Pablo’s workshop, November 2005, bought by Mike Ainscough 2009. Sold at auction summer ’12 to buyer who then put it on eBay.  Sold 2012 to Sam Hubbard

16.   Nic Benjamin 1 ‘ Lewes (Derrick) ‘ Feb 2007

17.   Nic Benjamin 2 ‘ Bourgeois (Mike O’Shea) ‘ Apr 2007

18.   repeat of #17 for me, slightly larger, rosewood, Lutz, black Schallers, April 2008.  To Mike A., 2010

19.   Cherry / spruce style 0, nylon strung (Katie), May 2008

20.   Guitar for Steve Mac.  Brazilian (Denton) / Sequoia style 0  2009

21.   Guitar for Rand Burket  2009

22.   Tenor guitar for Mike A. (July 2009)

23.   electric mando (May 2009) given to Xan (no room for label, stamped). Back in the workshop 2021

24.   Mike’s 65th birthday mando (Aug 2009)

25.   Jumbo for Andy, like #18 (Dec ’09)

26.   10 string solid “cittern” for me – rough! (Feb ’10) Given to Seb 2021

27.   Alan’s Variax Frankencaster  (March 2010)

28.   Docs Bass – actually Baritone – Cittern  (Jan ’10 – says 2009 on the label!)

29.   Archtop mandolin for me, built with Richard Osborne (not finished till 2012)

30.   guitar for Diana Plumer.   B-Band, Cocobolo, Manzer wedge, full abalone.  Sold 2nd hand to Rob Naylor

31.   Baritone Cittern for Jon Webber.  (May ’10)

32.   Jack’s guitar  (Nov 2010)

33.   Nylon strung guitar for Andy’s Uncle Peter  (Nov 2010)

(plus solid cittern and frankencaster makes 7 in ’10, also bouzouki conversion)

34.   Jumbo for me, like J18. (March 11) “Midnight on the Water”

35.   Model O guitar for Mike A, Cocobolo, (May 11)

36.   Dermott – plain, cherry, nylon strung 2012

37.   Mandolin  (May 11) (no label) sold to Rob Naylor

39.   Laurel’s guitar (Nov 11)

38.   5 string mandocaster for Mike A (Jan 12)

39.   Laurel’s guitar (Nov 11)

(5 in ’11)

         Hawaiian conversion for Andy Perry

40.   Tenor Guitar for Simon Fordham 2012

(3 in ’12)

41.   12 string for Derrick (Jan 13).  Sold to Bob Zimbler, May 2016

42.   Lap Steel for Mike

43.   Cherry Mando for Mike O’

44.   Walnut Cedar cutaway for exhibition – sold to Bob Zimbler

45.    Lyon & Healey style mando for Doc

46.    Mike’s semi acoustic (March 2014)

47.    Mando Brian Leddy (Dec 13)

49.    Lattice braced steel strung cherry (on reading Somogyi … ), experimental, hybrid lattice bracing, plain, scoop ….  to Jason and Katie

50.    Archtop for Di – for 2014 exhibition

51.    Halo 12 string – Oct 14

52.    Rob’s Ziricote special, scoop (Nov ’14)

53.    Max Steady’s ‘G’ (Dec ’14)

(12 in ’13/14)

54.    Model O rosewood (for 2015 Blue Shed show – sold through Doc in France)

55.    G for George Bloomfield (Dec 15)

(only 2 in ’15)

56.    Baroque guitar for David Bateman (Jul 2016)

57.    Redwood / Imbuya Jumbo (for 2016 Blue shed show) 670mm scale (May 2016).  Bought by Graeme Ross Jan 18

58.    Tenor for Richard Durrant  (Jul 16)

(only 3 in ’16)

59.    Jeff’s mandolin

61.    3 string funny thing for Bruce

60.    Mando for show – sold to Alec Grant

62.    Docs Baroque G

63.    Steve Gilsdorf (Arizonamando) Tenor guitar

64.    Uke.  (July – Concerto 10 Sept)

65.    Archtop for Dean Omori    (September – 1st Oct)

66.   Tenor for New Brunswick.     (December 17)

(8 in 2017)

67.   Rick Dizon LH Tenor  cherry    (May 18)

68.   Leppard parlour. amazon rosewood       (May 18)

69.   Brian Crawford Yew Special.      (June 18)

70.   Jim Fussell G, fancy headstock.   (May 18)

(4 in ’18 – difficult year)

71.   Jane’s viol (Nov 19)

72.   John Hunt LH tenor floating bridge (Jan 19)

73.   burnt cherry G, very plain and black.  Cutaway.  May 19

74.   Doc’s rosewood G    May 19

75.   Doc’s 2 point cittern    May 19

76.   Tim Chave’s painted guitar (Oct 19)

78.   Tenor for Ted Brown “just like Mike’s” (Nov 19)

        Kris’s guitar

(7 in ’19)

77.    Wenge / Lutz

79.    Model O for Paul Smith (Apr 20)

80.   “Portuguese” guitar for Barry    (C80 ‘cos it’s a cittern!!)   Nov 20  

82.    Tenor for Sue Graves (Suntrap) Ziricote (June – Sep 2020), K&K

83.    Tenor for William Foster, cherry cutaway (June – Sep 2020), K&K

84.    Tenor for Colin Tompsett, cherry  Dec 20  K&K

(6 in ‘20)

87      Baritone Cittern for George Dunn   April 21

In progress / planned

48.    Lattice classical (no idea …)

81.   “Combolin” for Ted Brown   Apr 21.  Now looks more like a sympitar. 

85.     English Walnut / cedar O, plain as plain, May 21

86.     Big Archtop