Being a lute maker
For those of you who are not much of a musician, I see myself forced to give a representation of what this instrument looks like. Visualize a minstrel playing a song to a princess at her high balcony; can you see the instrument he is holding? There you have it – that is our mysterious music device! Since the times of minstrels and princesses, the lute has fallen in a somewhat cone of obscurity – you can hardly listen your favorite pop song on one of these – but they are still today with us thanks to people who keep the art of lute making alive.
What it takes to be a lute maker
Not only do you have to be an excellent musician, but a fine carpenter as well, as making these pieces of art require a great deal of skill and precision. Not to mention that building some models can mean making some serious research through old manuscripts in order to get original indications. Very much the same as a regular guitar, the lute have a headstock (but thinner and rounder), a neck and a body.
The main difference is that the sound hole is covered by ample designs carved on the soundboard. Real craftsmen spend hours and hours if not days in manufacturing only one item, but one which would meet the highest standards of sound and aesthetics. These things need things as dedication and love for the work one is doing.
Nowadays, people are more accustomed with basic and mass produced musical instruments as the old ones are given to oblivion. It is a shame that fewer and fewer individuals are willing to engage in experiencing the more classical sound such one of the lute’s. There is a good reason why it has survived until today.