French Luthier Dominique Bouges
We had the incredible pleasure while traveling recently to visit with accomplished French luthier Dominique Bouges located near Dijon, France. He graciously welcomed us into his shop and (with the help of our translator) he shared a bit of his passion for the craft. Jay had an opportunity to play a couple of Dominique’s guitars and was extremely impressed with their design, feel and their voice.
A bit about Dominique from his website, http://db-guitares.com …
I started the art of lutherie work with my friend Alain QUEGUINER, luthier in Paris, around 30 years ago. Thanks to a book by Irving SLOANE, “Making a classical guitar”, we made 2 guitars, then 2 others… and since then we have never stopped !
After about ten years having worked together, we decided to go our own ways. In my parisian workshop (rue des Maraîchers), I met a lot of people who helped me progress: Gérard CRESSON, Michel DINTRICH, Patrick VERBEKE, Pierre FANEN, Jean-Louis MAHJUN, Roberto AUSSEL, Pierre BONJOUR, Gilles RéZARD, Joël ROULLEAU, Jean de AGUIAR… and then Pierre JAFFRE, luthier rue de Rome, who introduced me to two well-known parisian shops, whom I started working with.
I then decided to work for Paul BEUSCHER (Blvd Beaumarchais) where, during 6 years, I would continue making my own models of guitars and restore many instruments, like guitars, violins, banjolins, zithers and so on… Truly enriching experience, due to the kindness and the professionalism of the “Beuscher team” who I sincerely thank.
Since 2000, I am now living in Curtil-Saint-Seine, a village at 20 kms from Dijon, in Côte-d’Or, surrounded by forests. My workshop is just in front of the… church. I only make acoustic instruments, classical, jazz guitars and mandolins. I like variying my pleasures…
Dominique builds a wide range of acoustic guitars as well as mandolins, in addition to teaching one-on-one guitar building workshops.