the classical guitar, the flamenco guitar often uses the traditional wooden
pegs, and the strings are much closer to the frets in order to facilitate
quick passages. It is lighter than the classical guitar so that it can be
held almost vertically on the right thigh of the flamenco guitarist.
Cherry, cedar, ebony, Indian rosewood,
mother-of-pearl, ivory, nylon
Overall length: 99.5 cm;
body: 48.5 x 36.3 cm;
sides: 9.5 cm
Gift of the Massey Foundation
Label: "Oskar Graf '81 Clarendon Ontario."
The instrument is also signed "Oskar Graf."
The rose on this instrument was designed and crafted by the luthier. A
piece of carved ivory graces the bridge. The back of the guitar is in three
Born in Germany in 1944, Oskar Graf learned cabinetmaking, and furniture
and commercial design in Berlin. After immigrating to Canada in 1968, he
became interested in making stringed instruments and, in 1970, began to
construct simple instruments associated with traditional music, such as
the Appalachian dulcimer and, later, the banjo, box zither and mandolin-banjo.
He made his first classical and steel-string guitars in 1973 and added lutes
to his repertoire in 1980. Graf also repaired and restored instruments while
living in Kingston from 1982 to 1985.
Graf approached instrument making through cabinetmaking, an art with many
comparable features. He pursued his apprenticeship as a luthier by visiting
European museums and the workshops of celebrated luthiers and by
participating in workshops given by European masters, such as José
Romallinos. Oskar Graf's workshop is located in Clarendon, Ontario.
Oskar Graf's label