Patrick Olmstead

Patrick D. Olmsted, Luthier

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During the late 1970’s, I began playing, modifying, and developing guitar family instruments. In the Early 1980’s, I trained at the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood California. I was able to learn from and work alongside many of the world’s top professional musicians, as well as innovative world class music technology designers such as Bill Lawrence and Emmett Chapman.

In the mid-late 1980’s, I worked in a variety of venues as a musician. I studied at Malaspina College in Nanaimo, British Columbia. In the early 1990’s, I studied luthierie with Michael Dunn, Ray Nurse, and Geza Burkhart. (Mastery of Musical Instrument Making, Douglas College Business and Commerce Department, graduate.)

During this period, I exhibited instruments in showcases and at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE). I was asked to participate in creating an instrument for the Canadian National Museum of Civilization in Hull. The instrument I constructed with Michael Dunn was displayed in the exhibit as well as being featured on the cover of the exhibit catalogue. A video portion of the exhibit was created and is still available for listening and viewing as a virtual exhibit.

From the 1990’s onward, I have built instruments that have gone across Canada, the U.S. and to Japan. I have been featured in a half hour documentary “The Guitar Maker”. I have trained a number of apprentices from England, Canada, and the U.S. in the art of guitar making.