WHAT'S NEW AT BEYOND THE TREES?
(updated December 2017)
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Fred exhibiting at the Window Gallery in San Francisco January and February 2018
Opening reception Thursday, January 11, 6-8pm
The Fretboard Journal #40 features an article about Fred by Guild of American Luthiers director Tim Olsen
with beautiful photos of instruments by my friend, Alan Porter, and my partner Suzy
New Photo pages up for:
The Tibetan Tiger Harpobanjitar
The Sympathetic Drone Cello
Frog Banjo # 1
and not new but still of interest:
Fred has a "children's" book out-"A Luthier's Alphabet of Imaginary Instruments"
MORE TO CHECK OUT:
Two videos on youtube feature Jeff Titus on The Oracle Harp-Sympitar:
Chava's Song (Michael Hedges)/Silent Return and Wood Dragon (with Gregg Miner on guzheng!!)
Album from Harp Guitar Music features Alex de Grassi on The New Dream, Jeff Titus on Oracle
and this one is wonderful.....
Video on youtube features Alex de Grassi playing The New Dream Harp-Sympitar
Amazing instruments by Fred Carlson
Fred Carlson, co-founder of Beyond the Trees, has been hand-building original and traditional guitars and other stringed instruments for over 40 years. If you like beautiful, unusual instruments and you're not familiar with Fred's work, you're in for a treat. A unique combination of discipline, skill, whimsy and innovation, along with an intuition finely honed by years of experimenting, makes Fred's work stand apart from that of other luthiers.
Rather than viewing an instrument as a collection of separate components, i.e. body, neck, bridge etc., each of Fred's instruments is conceived of, from the design stage on, as a coherent piece of sculpture. This attention to how details combine to make the whole is carried through in the sculpting of the instrument's voice as well.
An important focus for Fred is that of insuring that the unusual design features add to, rather than detract from, the instrument's function. In the end, all these factors- tone, playability, visual and tactile effect- are intertwined in the creation one of Fred's instruments.
In the case of custom orders, Fred enjoys working closely with the customer to help them realize their instrument dream. And he's a nice guy to work with, to boot!