Nigel Forster - The Luthier Blog

My Grandfather, Charlie Ferguson taught me to play guitar when I was 13. It didn’t take long before I became interested in how they were made. At 17, a teacher asked me what I’d like to do for a living, “make guitars” I said. He sent me to see a chap who had been in touch with my school looking for an apprentice. I trained under and worked just outside Hexham, Northumberland for Stefan Sobell from 1988-1990, didn’t work for him for two years, then returned in 1992 and remained until late 2003. We made a lot of fine instruments together. My own business began in Newcastle upon Tyne, NE England in 2004 and in 2015 moved to Leipzig Germany.