Artists

Meet Elvis Presley’s Guitar Man

Take a tour of luthier Randy Wood's workshop

February/March 2014

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A mandolin with mother-of-pearl and abalone inlay and an ivory bridge.

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Randy Wood details a mandolin neck.

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The entrance to Wood’s store and workshop.

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A decorative pearl inlay.

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Wood in his shop.

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A selection of mandolins.

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Materials inside Wood’s shop.

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Wood operating a band saw.

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Inside Wood’s store.

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Wood working on an instrument in his shop.

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Wood works on the neck of an instrument.

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Wood playing one of his instruments.

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A Randy Wood Mandocello.

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A Randy Wood Dreadnaught.

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A Randy Wood banjo.

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The back of a banjo crafted by Wood.

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A close-up view at a Randy Wood mandolin.

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A close-up view at a Randy Wood mandolin.

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A self-taught craftsman, Wood got his start building instruments with Dobro flat-picker Tut Taylor.

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Decorative pearl inlay.

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