Len Laviolette

“About Len

BORN: Winnipeg, Manitoba – apparently a very long time ago! LOL

CAREER: Retired land surveyor

LUTHERIE: Began building guitars in 1985

                 Member of Guild of American Luthiers since 1986

I have been a woodworker since junior high school. It has been a serious hobby all my life. I have designed and built custom furniture for individuals and also sanctuary furniture for many Catholic churches, including the complete design of sanctuaries and the liturgical furnishings for several church renovations.

I have been a classical guitar fan since high school – am self taught at guitar building, using mostly the Irving Sloane book. I build using the “Spanish Heel” technique.

It is a rewarding craft. The best thing about guitar building is making friends with all these good musicians and getting a free concert every time a guitarist comes over to check an instrument.

Dianne and I have been married since 1972. I am a very lucky man.”

  • Extracted from Len’s website

My first offering from Len was a touch surprising, as the guitar is very good, well crafted, with elegant appointments. The guitar has an excellent voice, softly created, with gutty power and lyrical nature.

Please see my latest offerings from Len Laviolette here

2018 Len Laviolette #129 Spruce DT Ebony
2018 Len Laviolette #129 Spruce DT Ebony