White Salmon Guitar Company

My father harvesting wood Kitimat, BC 1993

"The craftsman's love is materialized in the immanent excellence and patent utility of the things he makes."
Folklorist, Henry Glassie

White Salmon Guitar Company

Noah Wilson, 1995


The White Salmon Guitar Co. represents the work of luthier and craftsman Craig T. Wilson. Craig began building guitars in 1992 at a workshop with Canadian luthier David Freeman. Following this he secured an apprenticeship at the Franklin Guitar Co. in Portland, Oregon, working side by side with renowned steel-string luthier Nick Kukich. Here he spent 18 months developing the skills needed to execute all aspects of guitar design and construction to the highest of tolerances. Portland also gave Craig the opportunity to become part of the vibrant community of instrument builders and acoustic musicians of the Pacific Northwest.

In the past ten years Craig has amassed a substantial collection of vintage American machinery and fine tone woods, while working as an antique restorationist and architectural conservator. During this time he has had an opportunity to work on some of the Northwest's finest national heritage buildings. In 2001 he re-located to nearby White Salmon, Washington, in the scenic Columbia River Gorge, in order to focus more attention on lutherie. Located in the heart of town, the White Salmon Guitar Co. is both an accessible and exciting addition to the expanding local arts scene. If you find yourself in the area, don't hesitate to look us up.

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