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Studio 16

Francis Russo - Guitar Maker

Building his first guitars as a teenager, Francis has now been making, playing and studying guitars for over 20 years. Having formal studies in design, woodcraft, sculpture and fine art as well as many years industry experience as a multidisciplinary designer-maker, Francis’ instruments are the culmination of lived experience and bring a fresh approach to the art of luthiery.

Focusing mostly on acoustic guitar making, the studio operates primarily with hand tools, with the machining and milling of local timbers done at a separate location. The tools utilised are wide ranging, from Francis’ great grandfather’s old splitting wedge to finely honed hand planes and carving tools and the blow-torch heated side bending iron welded from an old tow bar.

studio open 13-14 & 20-21 april

Parking Instructions: Circular double driveway with some parking available. Limited street parking available opposite driveway, more in surrounding street. Option to park at Johns Hill lookout reserve and enjoy the views along the 5 min walk to studio.

Melways reference: 124 J11

35 Oceanview Cres, Kallista

0407 533 819

Individual artist


From the Artist

All my instruments are created with absolute respect and reverence to the materials as well as the musician. With a deep understanding that it is an intimate experience for the maker as it is for the player, each instrument is unique and draws upon the land from which the materials came and the hands that create.