French-born, Rhode Island-based luthier Rachel Rosenkrantz (Atelier Rosenkrantz) is a tireless experimenter. Inspired by her years working in industrial lighting and design, she’s embraced some truly unique, sustainable and downright wild materials. She also, of course, makes many traditional steel and nylon-string instruments out of classic tonewoods.
During this week’s Fretboard Journal Podcast, Rosenkrantz walks us through some of the eye-opening projects she’s currently working on, including a ukulele constructed out of a mushroom, pickguards fashioned out of fish skin, banjo heads from kombucha mothers, and even an ondes Martenot. We also talk about her apprenticeship with Daniel Collins, sharing a shop with archtop maker Otto D’Ambrosio, her interview on Anthony Bourdain’s Raw Craft web series and more.
Sit back and enjoy this conversation with one of the guitar world’s true mavericks and be sure to watch the video she just submitted of our shop for #FJFest below.
Follow her Instagram to see closeups of some of the projects mentioned: https://www.instagram.com/atelier_rosenkrantz/?hl=en
Above: Picture of Rosenkrantz at the Metropolitan Museum courtesy Paula Lobo.
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