Music Maker

Rod Jennings

Having a good ear for acousitcs is only the first step. Jennings combines his musical talent with a gift for woodworking and craftsmanship to create and restore guitars.

Turning broken into beautiful

Story and photo by Sarah Ryeland

Have you ever listened to a piece of wood?

Of course you have. You’ve heard beautiful music from guitars, banjos, violins, and maybe even a cello or two. But have you ever picked up a simple piece of wood and tapped it just so, dropping it on the floor to hear the sound living inside?

Rod Jennings does it every day.

Jennings is a luthier – a maker of stringed, wooden instruments. He chooses the finest wood and takes the utmost care with his creations, earning himself a stellar reputation in the process…

How does he do it?

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