Great Woodshops: Songs from the Workbench

Singer and songwriter Guy Clark builds both melodies and guitars in the woodshop of his Nashville home.
By Megan Fitzpatrick
Pages: 84-86

From the June 2007 issue #162
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Songwriter, singer and luthier Guy Clark doesn’t like technology.

“I put away all my recording stuff, built this workbench, ordered some wood and started building stuff,” he says. The most high-tech machines on display in his workshop are a Delta band saw, a Craftsman drill press, a stereo receiver and a tape player.

A handmade workbench festooned with hand tools lines one wall; another wall is lined almost floor to ceiling with row upon row of  cassette tapes. The late Texas singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt — a longtime friend of Clark’s – gazes over the scene from a photograph at the back of the room. A blueprint detailing the anatomy of a flamenco guitar doubles as decoration on the opposite wall. Steam rises from an omnipresent coffee cup, filled several times during our visit. A hand-rolled cigarette smolders in a skull-head ashtray (a gift from Emmylou Harris).

It is here in this cozy workshop in the basement of his Nashville home that Clark writes almost all of his music, and handcrafts traditional flamenco-style guitars.

From the June 2007 issue #162
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