de Jonge School of Lutherie

Guitar Making Courses

Picture of Joshia de Jonge french polishing a guitar's back

From bending sides to carving necks to
Final finish and setup

No experience is required

Photograph of my son Sagen working on a guitar

I am offering a 5-week intensive course of instruction in acoustic guitar building. The course offers 5-day/week hands-on instruction in the workshop, with optional room & board. Students will learn every aspect of the process from start to finish, and will build their own guitars during the course.

These days, my home and shop are in Chelsea, QC. Canada (near Ottawa). I've been at various locations over the years, (mainly in and around Toronto), but in 2003 I bought an old restored farmhouse in the country, including an old barn and renovated shop and guest house.

The 15 acre property is mostly wooded and surrounded on two sides by the Gatineau river. The Wakefield steam train used to roll by twice a day in the warmer months, these days the tracks have been replaced with a walking trail.

This is a comprehensive and detailed course covering the construction of classical and flat-top steel-string guitars. Students will, in the course of this program, build a guitar from rough materials and follow through to a completed instrument.

Students will be familiarized with the luthier's tools, their safe use and proper maintenance. Plans, templates and special jigs will be introduced and constructed by the students for their own use and retained by them at the course's completion.

Students will gain an appreciation for the choices of woods in guitar construction and why different woods are used for different parts of the guitar. Practical design and acoustic principles will also be examined, as well as comparative approaches of other established guitar makers.

CourseFee (before taxes)
5 week courseCAN $6000.00
Additional guitarCAN $1000.00
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Some people like to start a second guitar during the course. They may do so, but I ask that students focus on their first guitar insuring that it stays caught up. Furthermore, students should think of the second guitar as a personal review, and I cannot supply much attention towards it. The surcharge is $1000.00.

A 20% deposit is required to reserve your space. Balance of payment is due on the first day of the course.

WiFi high speed internet is available on the property

All tools and materials are supplied with the course.

Classes run for 8 hours per day, Monday through Friday.

Class size restrictions are in place to optimize student/teacher interaction and shop resources


Key Course Learnings