It’s a busy summer for LMI! Both the ASIA Symposium (ASIA stands for Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans) and GAL (Guild of American Luthiers) Conventions are happening in the same year. Both events share a similar format of learning, hanging out, and sharing instruments. Supporting these two important non-profit organizations (each of which publishes valuable periodicals for luthiers worldwide) is really worthwhile.
The ASIA Symposium is held in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania; a small college town in the Poconos right near the New Jersey border. This puts it within easy driving distance of millions of people. It’s also very close to the Martin Guitar factory and museum! Presenters this year include John Monteleone Tom Ribbecke. Joe Veillette, Michael Gurian, Jason Kostal, Michael Byle, Chris Jenkins, Sam Guidry, Evan Gluck, Dan Erlewine, Linda Manzer, Cris Mirabella and many, many others. There are affordable and comfortable dorm accommodations available. The fun goes from June 8 to June 11. Visit www.asiartisans.org to sign up and learn more.LMI, along with a number of other great vendors, will be there selling tonewoods, tools and more. It’s a great opportunity to examine your materials first-hand! We look forward to meeting our East Coast customers again and making new friends at what always turns out to be a really fun event.In late July (19-23), the fun (and education and tonewood shopping) continue as LMI heads north to the GAL convention in Tacoma, Washington. Presenters here include Michael Bashkin, Robbie O’Brien, Jeffrey Elliot, Frank Ford, Greg Byers, LMI’s Chris Herrod and many more. The GAL conventions have been happening every couple of years since 1975 and there are many good reasons for the convention’s longevity. You can learn more about why people keep coming back and you can sign up to attend at www.luth.org . GAL also makes comfortable dorm Accommodations available so that attending is affordable for all.New York repairman Evan Gluck wrote a great article about how events like these transformed his business and his relationship to the craft. You can read it here: