Larry Robinson

   Larry was born in Hartford, Connecticut on December 20, 1953. He was graduated from Simsbury High School in 1971.

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   "I started my career as a luthier in 1972 when I served a traditional (unpaid) apprenticeship in Connecticut and Massachusetts with a guitar builder named Bennett Tolliver. In 1975, I moved to California and began a four-year stint with Alembic Inc., which at the time was the pinnacle of lutherie, which the rest of the guitar industry was trying to attain. After four years of building custom instruments for many top name performers and setting up production guitars and basses, I switched jobs to do the same thing at a startup company, Turner Guitars. They moved out of the area after a year and a half, so I moved to Modulus Graphite, a company in San Francisco that makes graphite necked guitars and basses. There I was making wooden masters and molds for different neck models, as well as building custom instruments and setting up production models. Throughout this time I was also doing custom inlay work from my home.

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   In 1984, there was enough inlay work for me to go into business for myself. Today I inlay guitars, banjos, mantel ornaments, wall hangings, and objet'd' art for customers and collectors around the world. My work has appeared in many books and magazines.

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   In 1994, in response to professional and lay interest in this field, I wrote "The Art of Inlay", published by the Miller Freeman Company of San Francisco. To date, it has sold about 10,000 copies. Starting in 1997, I filmed and produced three (basic, intermediate, and advanced) inlay instructional videos.

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   I have been invited to teach and/or speak at luthier seminars and schools around the country many times over the last ten years, and am presently a staff member at the American School of Lutherie in Healdsburg, California.

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   Early in 1998, I opened my informational website, http://robinsoninlays.com."

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