Featured Artist Thierry André

Canadian artist Thierry André creates handcrafted wood instruments, blending functionality with aesthetic beauty. Learn more about his work by visiting his website.

 

wooden round body acoustic guitar by Thierry André

“Guitare-fruit Wurcer” round body acoustic guitar with ergonomic cut: wood, calabash, resin, tung oil, carbon fiber, copper, reconstituted stone, camel bone, synthetic ivory, steel, nickel, brass, steel and bronze wire, 105cm x 37.5cm x 21cm

 

I really like to work on the formal aspect of a guitar rather than its degree of ornamentation. The primary form of the work is for me like a background color. The acoustic and structural dimensions of the work bring their own tone to my composition.

 

“Guitare-fruit Wurcer” front, side and rear views

“Guitare-fruit Wurcer” front, side and rear views

 

In short, the initial idea of what I want to create is at first rather vague. It is clarified as drawing progresses.

 

wooden elongated acoustic guitar by Thierry André

“Sun, moon, and vibrations” elongated body, carved back acoustic guitar, monocoque, with internal microphone: wood, lacquer with gold powder, resin, tung oil, carbon fiber, aniline dye, camel bone, iron, aluminum, brass, nickel, kasagami paper, ink, steel and bronze wire, 117cm x 37.5cm x 15.25cm

 

The criteria related to the functional aspect of the stringed instrument guide me to make choices, and to take certain unexpected detours along the way.

 

“Kouai” neck and head, rear, side and front views by Thierry André

“Kouai” (neck and head, rear, side and front views) chambered body and magnetic pickup: wood, lacquer, carbon fiber, aniline dye, nickel, copper, camel bone, steel, chrome, steel and nickel wire, 100cm x 38cm x 8cm

 

These small miracles of flexibility often lead me to new creative paths within the somewhat rigid framework of contemporary guitar making.

 

wood round body acoustic guitar by Thierry André

“Tuku” round-body acoustic guitar with ergonomic cut: wood, calabash, carbon fiber, tung oil, aniline dye, camel bone, mother-of-pearl, aluminum, steel, nickel, silver, nylon, silk, silver wire, 99cm x 27.5cm x 19cm

 

Wood as a material is, thankfully, tirelessly inspiring. It has a way of expressing its own reasoning while being worked. And sometimes it seems to have a mind of its own! I do my best to listen to it as much as possible, and to grasp the whole of its essence.

 

round wood acoustic guitar - front, rear and side views by Thierry André

“Tuku” front, rear and side views

 

Generally the materials I use guide me in my composition. They often bring a theme to the project by themselves.

 

wood chambered body guitar with magnetic pickup by Thierry André

“Zyra” chambered body and magnetic pickup: wood, tung oil, iron, nickel, brass, steel, copper, enamel, bleached cow bone, moose horn, mother-of-pearl, steel and nickel wire, 101cm x 37.5cm x 8.5cm

 

Whether I’m carving Indian rosewood, American poplar or Sitka spruce, each brings a different mood, a different sound, aromas and more to the table.

 

wood bowl-back acoustic guitar by Thierry André

“Oudtar” bowl-back acoustic guitar: wood, resin, carbon fiber, aniline dye, iron, nickel, copper, bleached cow bone, steel, steel and bronze wire, 101cm x 37cm x 21cm

 

I don’t think of materials as being at the service of my design. Instead, I really try to work with the materials I have chosen. While working in harmony with them, I am able to render as much of their expressive qualities as possible.

 

wood acoustic bass guitar with magnetic pickup by Thierry André

“Maya” acoustic bass guitar with magnetic pickup: wood, tung oil, resin, carbon fiber, iron, nickel, aluminum, bronze, steel, steel and bronze wire, 130cm x 39cm x 18cm

 

Once completed, the work must be captivating in terms of sound. When this is accomplished, then all its aesthetic value is supported and reinforced.

 

artist Thierry André in his workshop

Artist Thierry André in his workshop

 

My practice aims to transpose, as simply as possible, the vibrational aspect of nature, while being consistent with historical dimensions required by the object. I take into account the desired ergonomic criteria and the sensitive, responsive nature of the wood.

 

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