Projects: Rocking Out: Carpenter Uses Epoxy to Build a Guitar
When it comes to the art of making stringed instruments, a luthier’s first choice of material would traditionally be poplar, ash, maple, rosewood or another workable wood. Epoxy certainly wouldn’t spring to mind. However, anything but traditional, this is exactly what the craftsmen at Carpentaría Lambar used to make their unique guitar.
Carpentaría Lambar, based just outside the historic city of Burgos in Northern Spain, is a carpentry with a difference. Embracing the 21st century this cooperative of artisans blends a wide range of modern materials with their choice of wood to produce some truly individual pieces.
“The initial idea to create the guitar with Entropy Resins® came from our friend Juan Carlos,” explains Alberto Costillas, President of the Cooperative. “He plays in a rock band and is always tinkering.”
With innovation driving the majority of their projects, the carpenters at Lambar have been trying to work with epoxy for several years but have had difficulty until now. Carlos Garcia from the carpentry’s supplier Hegardt recommended Entropy Resins and Albert and his colleague Alfredo Cortezon have not looked back.
“There is a lot of misinformation and few courses, but after trying several brands and losing a lot of time and money, Entropy Resins was perfect for us and works like a charm,” enthuses Alberto.
The guitar is made with juniper wood which couples durability with easy workability making it ideal for this type of project. Entropy Resins CCR and CCS were mixed to form a cast that was later cut and milled using a pantograph to produce the required shape.
The guitar’s appearance veers towards that of a rock musician’s as it is intended to be played by Juan Carlos in his rock band. But will the solid Entropy Resins section affect the musical sound? “We don’t believe it will have any effect because the most important thing for the guitar is the neck and the pickups, although we are not experts,” admits Alberto.
Now that Carpentería Lambar has discovered Entropy Resins and its versatility and ease of use there are many more interesting projects on the horizon; “We are making a 160cm x 80 cm juniper and grey epoxy table, an oak and epoxy lamp and a juniper wall clock immersed in blue epoxy.”
It appears that there are no limits to the applications of bio-based Entropy Resins for the forward-thinking and inventive team at Carpentaría Lambar whose works have already gained great respect in the world of interior design. Who knows – maybe this latest musical creation will one day appear on stage with a rock legend?