There are many reasons why you might wish to join the Guild: you might be just starting your adventure in lutherie and are eager to meet those who share your passion and wish to learn something from the experience of others; you might be an experienced luthier who wishes to meet and share your knowledge with fellow craftsmen; similarly, you might be an experienced luthier who is looking for new ideas and ways of doing things that you have done for years. Whatever your particular situation or set of circumstances, it is very likely that membership in the Guild has something valuable to offer
Who can join the Guild?
Anyone who is currently engaged in the art of lutherie or is interested in getting started in this rewarding and satisfying activity is very welcome to join our ranks
Does it cost to be a member of the Guild?
Yes, currently the membership fee is $25 a year, which entitles the luthier to full membership in the Guild, and all the attendant benefits
How do I join the Guild?
How do I join the Guild? Joining the Guild is a relatively simple process. In order to join the Guild you must be nominated by one current Guild member in good standing, you must complete a membership application, this application must be approved by the executive members and you must pay the required membership fee (currently $25 a year). If you already know a current Guild member, inquire if the member will support your application and then simply attend a regular Guild meeting in order to initiate the application. If you do not know a current Guild member, simply attend on of our regular meetings and let us know you're interested in applying; we would be very happy to hear from you and we'll get the application started
Where and how often does the Guild meet?
The Guild holds a number of meetings throughout the year, and the schedule for upcoming meetings appears here. These meetings are held in London, Ontario, with the meeting room generously provided by Lee Valley at 2100 Oxford Street East
What events does the Guild host or attend?
The Guild holds a number of meetings throughout the year in London, Ontario, and attendance at these meetings is encouraged but optional for current S.O.L.G. members. These meetings are also open to those persons actively interested in joining or finding out more about the Guild. The S.O.L.G. will also organize and host ad hoc events, the purpose of which may vary from one event to another, but generally the aim will be to promote and raise awareness of either the Guild or the art and craft of lutherie. Also, from time to time, the Guild is in attendance at events hosted by other organisations. And finally, the Guild is currently considering the introduction of a number of regularly occurring events, either to actively promote the Guild and lutherie to the public, or to provided a further avenue for Guild members to promote their own lutherie businesses.