Local Knowledge: Stansell Guitars

There are many interesting people tucked away in the nooks and crannies of this coastline. One person I’ve known since the late 80’s is Les Stansell. We met because we both love indulging in oceanic activity; and also because the term “population density” applies better here to trees and fish than people. He has a specialty wood-shop where he crafts some of the finest Flamenco guitars you can find. I envy his shop and various wood-working tools, however, I wouldn’t know what to do with most of the tools if I owned them.

The photos above are the results of a visit my friend Joe made to Les’s shop the week before Christmas. Joe needed some Port Orford Cedar trimmed down to make fins for the surfboards he’s been shaping. While I was just along for the ride.


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