Living in Portugal led me to the logical step of attempting to build in the local tradition. The guitarra portuguesa is the instrument used to accompany the song tradition called Fado. Since the size and shape of the body is so similar to my celtic bouzoukis, I chose to approach the soundboard structure from my own experience, respectfully ignoring the local method. This as an experiment. The result has proved satisfactory. This second instrument was commissioned to be strung left handed, the client’s preference.
During five decades I have handbuilt over a thousand instruments. I continually strive to push the boundaries of what is expected in the performance of an acoustic instrument.