WHAT'S NEW AT BEYOND THE TREES?
(updated November 2018)
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New pages for:
Frog Banjo #3
The Fretboard Journal #40 features an article about Fred by Guild of American Luthiers director Tim Olsen
with beautiful photos of instruments by my friend, Alan Porter, and my partner Suzy
New Photo pages up for:
Tibetan Tiger Harpobanjitar #2
The Sympathetic Drone Cello
and not new but still of interest:
Fred has a "children's" book out-"A Luthier's Alphabet of Imaginary Instruments"
MORE TO CHECK OUT:
Two videos on youtube feature Jeff Titus on The Oracle Harp-Sympitar:
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and this one is wonderful.....
Amazing instruments by Fred Carlson
Fred Carlson, co-founder of Beyond the Trees, has been hand-building original and traditional guitars and other stringed instruments for over 40 years. If you like beautiful, unusual instruments and you're not familiar with Fred's work, you're in for a treat. A unique combination of discipline, skill, whimsy and innovation, along with an intuition finely honed by years of experimenting, makes Fred's work stand apart from that of other luthiers.
Rather than viewing an instrument as a collection of separate components, i.e. body, neck, bridge etc., each of Fred's instruments is conceived of, from the design stage on, as a coherent piece of sculpture. This attention to how details combine to make the whole is carried through in the sculpting of the instrument's voice as well.
An important focus for Fred is that of insuring that the unusual design features add to, rather than detract from, the instrument's function. In the end, all these factors- tone, playability, visual and tactile effect- are intertwined in the creation one of Fred's instruments.
In the case of custom orders, Fred enjoys working closely with the customer to help them realize their instrument dream. And he's a nice guy to work with, to boot!