Luthiers Interactive of North Texas (LINT)


  • 12 Oct 2020 9:46 PM | Bill Bell (Administrator)

    In these unprecedented times... , Due to escalating COVID outbreaks... , Never before experienced... , herd immunity, spreader event, PPE, self isolation...   Tired of the new dialogue?

    Well, lets get back to something (mostly) normal:

    20th Anniversary LINT Christmas meeting.

    In compliance with all governmental authorities, LINT has requested and received written Meeting approval from the City of Mansfield. Per the permits and for everyone's safety, we will be wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

    As in years before, Chris Jenkins is generously opening his home.  We are also working on an added streaming option available only to members.  (Stay tuned)

    We will be having our traditional Luthier's Christmas gift exchange. To participate, bring a wrapped gift of interest to a luthier. Make it something you would be proud to have. No white elephants or joke gifts please.

    This will also be an opportunity to renew your membership for 2021

    As always, bring your projects to share with our members and guests. We all learn from each other's successes and challenges.

    Fight COVID fatigue!  Mask up, come and celebrate the holidays with fellow luthiers! 

  • 21 Sep 2020 8:41 PM | Bill Bell (Administrator)

    October 10, 2020 LINT Meeting

    Save the Date!

    Special Event!

    Visit the Kinnaird Guitar Workshop in Nacogdoches, TX. 


    • Sharpening demonstration led by Matt Jacobs. This will concentrate on cabinet scrapers, because they are so useful to lutherie, and there are a couple of secrets to getting a good edge.
    • The main event will be a listening/discussion session
      • Our shop has built three test guitars with all ingredients identical except for backs/sides. One is mahogany, one is maple and one is rosewood. 
      • The purpose of the test is to identify--if we can--what differences there are in the tone, and what we hear (or think we hear) contributed by the different backs and sides. 
      • My hope is for a lively discussion of a tricky subject--sound. 
        • Does rosewood really add sustain? 
        • Does maple always sound "thin"? 
        • Is mahogany always "dry"?
      • And then some discussion about what we're hearing, and just maybe how to describe it. Sound is like taste, quite difficult to put into words, but I hope to have some good back and forth on how to describe what we're hearing.
    • Of course, there will be the nickel tour of our shop, as well as the essential show and tell. 
    • Also, we're going to be giving away some wood, and letting folks paw through that. 
    • And YES! We will have some Tunnel 14 tops for sale. Folks can just pay me, and I'll write the check for the whole sale.
    • And Yes! (Now what would you pay?) We will be serving lunch. Barbecued brisket sandwiches with all the trimmings. 
    So come one, come all! We should have a good meeting...even if you have to drive a bit to get here.
  • 14 Jun 2020 11:41 AM | Bill Bell (Administrator)

    Save the date

    August 8, 2020 LINT Meeting

    location update

    hosted by Mike Bizzell

    Watch for signup announcements

  • 27 May 2020 10:00 AM | Bill Bell (Administrator)

    June 2020 LINT Meeting & Cookout

    Location: Phil Morris’ shop  2905 Ridgedale, Garland, Tx, 75041

    Time: 10:00 AM start. Bring your guest and a side item or dessert for the cookout.  It's a great outdoor area.

    We will be work to comply with Covid-19 guidelines. Masks are welcome.


    • Show and Tell - bring you Quarantine projects
    • Discussion - neck design and construction
    • Hands-on Demo’s: jigs and new molds
    • more info closer to the date

    Swap & Sell:  As always if you have something you want to make available, feel free to bring it. 

    Please RSVP with number of attendees by early week 6/8.

    This is always a great get-together, so we hope you all can make it. 

  • 9 Mar 2020 3:58 PM | Bill Bell (Administrator)

    3/9/2020 update

    The 2020 Master Workshop is being postponed to a later date. Due to an unfortunate illness of our clinician, we will need to postpone to a later date to be announced.  Linda Manzer has expressed her interest in rescheduling at a future date. 

    Each paid registrant will be contacted as to how they wish to process a full refund or if they wish to leave it as a full credit for the future event.

  • 17 Dec 2019 10:42 AM | Bill Bell (Administrator)

    Mark you Calendars!


    2020 Master Workshop. 

    Irving, TX   March 14, 2020 

    (go to events for more details)

    Signups available for 2020 LINT Members.

    Our clinician is Linda Manzer - Linda (Jane) Manzer, b Toronto, is a Canadian luthier renowned for her archtop and flat-top acoustic guitars.  She received her training from Jean Larrivée between 1974 and 1978 and later with Jimmy D'Aquisto in New York. Her greatest claim to fame is that she has and still does build many custom guitars for renowned jazz musician Pat Metheny including the Pikasso which has 42 strings and three necks.  (more info at )

  • 11 Nov 2019 11:38 AM | Bill Bell (Administrator)

    Our December LINT Meeting will be Saturday 12/14/2019.  We will have our traditional Luthier's Christmas gift exchange. To participate, bring a gift of interest to a luthier. Make it something you would be proud to have. No white elephants or joke gifts please.

    Go to the events Calendar for more event activities and details.

  • 4 Oct 2019 3:26 PM | Bill Bell (Administrator)

    Luthiers Interactive of North Texas (LINT)

    with the generous contributions from Lame Horse Instruments

    presents Free to the public

    Fall 2019 Master Class featuring


    November 9, 2019


    Randall "Sparky" Kramer

    from Truckee, California

    presentation scheduled to be held at Lame Horse Instruments,

    Burleson, TX location

    Go to Event Registration for time and shop location

  • 14 Aug 2019 1:47 PM | Bill Bell (Administrator)

    LINT will have a booth for members to display your work and contact the public. We will also have info for new members.  More details to come. 

    If you wish to participate Contact Bo Walker for more information.

  • 29 Jul 2019 11:00 AM | Bill Bell (Administrator)

    Our June meeting was informative, interactive and well-attended.

    Likewise this one is a little distance but well, well worth the drive!

    LINT August Meeting

    8/10/19 – 10:00 AM start

    Location - WoodRing Guitar Studio

    113 Overton Ridge Circle, Weatherford, Tx, 76088

    Wood Ring Classical Guitars

    Aaron is an accomplished Luthier and designer of Custom Classical Guitars. He just moved into his new studio in 2018.  Come tour the shop and hear the discussion on:

    • Design & Layout
    • Space Utilization
    • Pros & Cons - pointers to pass along

    Added club discussion about:

    • a potential Fall Wood buy, 
    • Plans for LINT and the October Ft. Worth guitar show
    • Other $ demands we may need to consider

    As usual, we all look forward to your "Show & Tell" of what you're working on. And Swap & Sell is always great.

    We plan to continue our Build Design Round Table discussion.  This time we will get into Rosettes - Design, construction, jigs/tools, Do's & Dont's.    Members -Bring what you want to show off and discuss.  And if time permits, we will get into the next step of Purfling.

    Hands-on Demos - Complex Rosette Build Techniques

    Top Routing to receive Rosette

    This is too much to miss.

    Who are you going to ride with?  Who are you going to bring?

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