2011 Symposium News Articles

Symposium 2011 in Review

At ASIA’s biennial symposium, guitar builders and players of all skill levels gather to learn, teach, and play guitar. It is also a great place to see, try, and buy traditional to modern jigs and tools, and select the choicest guitar wood from the myriad vendors who attend. ASIA puts together an incredible program that is sure to increase your skill and pleasure in pursuing luthiery.

The 2011 ASIA Symposium was held June 8–12, 2011 at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

attendees' group photo

This year’s event was a rousing success. 240 members attended the fun and informative workshops, soaked up the delightful atmosphere, and many came away with some great bargains from the exhibiting vendors and auction. Guitarmaker Issue 77 was dedicated to the symposium, and Issues 78 Special, 79, and 82 contain the special CITES/Lacey Act presentations. Keep reading to see some photos to remind you of what you saw, or let you know what fun you missed.

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2011 Presenters and Activities

man playing an archtop guitar

Reader’s Digest version of what went on

  • Mandolin Binding and Strategies
  • Tips & Tricks for the Fledgling Luthier
  • An Audience-Driven Open Q&A Period
  • Steam Pressing Solid Wood Archtops & Backs
  • Achieving Perfect Intonation
  • Guitar Photography 101 and 102
  • Photography Mini Studio
  • The Business Side of Repair
  • Harp Guitar Design
  • Inlaying Pearl
  • Introduction to Finish Repairs
  • Laurence Juber in Concert
  • Finishing Guitars, Early to Today
  • Mandolin Building Workshop
  • Vacuum Clamping
  • Basic Guitar Design—How Not to Make a Wallhanger
  • Vendor and Builder Exhibits
  • Ned Steinberger Keynote
  • The Business Side of Lutherie
  • The Sonic Sitka Experience
  • Decorative Woodstrips & Alternative Materials
  • CITES, Lacey, and the Luthier
  • Guitar Building: Approach and Techniques
  • Guitar Bracing
  • Uke Can Do It
  • All about CNC: Past, Present, Future and You
  • CAD for Dummies & Smarties
  • Become a Fixture Phenom/Toolpath Like a Pro
  • and the infamous ASIA Auction

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2011 Vendors

men discussing tonewood

One of the reasons members love to visit the ASIA Symposium is the chance to purchase great tools, jigs, accessories, or that perfect set of tonewood. This year, time is set aside just for visiting the vendors, so you'll not miss a single workshop. These great dealers will surely try to make your dreams come true at the 2011 Symposium:

  • Allred Associates—carbon fiber products
  • Carl Barney—tonewood
  • CF Martin Custom Shop—drool-worthy guitar display
  • CF Martin Guitarmaker's Connection—tonewood, fretboards, and guitar kits
  • RC Tonewoods—tonewood
  • Duke of Pearl—abalam™, mother of pearl, inlay stuff
  • Blues Creek—jigs and tools
  • Luthiers Mercantile—tonewood, tools, and parts
  • Hibdon Hardwood—tonewood
  • Stewart MacDonald—tonewood, tools, and parts
  • Hiscox Cases—guitar cases
  • Custom Pearl Inlay— dro0l-worthy guitars, inlay tools and supplies
  • Petros Guitars—guitar display
  • Reitz Hardwoods LLC—tonewood
  • Colonial Tonewoods—tonewood
  • West Penn Hardwoods—tonewood
“ASIA is an organization where you not only grow your skills, but grow your extended family. I have met so many wonderful, knowledgeable people through this organization.” ~Michael Dickinson, Martin Guitar