Daniel Gil de Avalle, luthier and guitarmaker since 1989. Spain

Craft professions are wonderful but also quite innate. In my opinion, being much patient and curious, respectful with other jobs and in constant learning for a long time. Knowning a piece of history, analysis of historic instruments, musical knowledge and adaptation to new technologies. But overall, a taste for doing a good job.

Imagine we don’t’ know anything about it… can you describe your profession?

A wonderful, creative and artistic profession that joins arts and craft, music and luthery

What materials do you use?

Basically wood

Who is you “ideal client’s profile?

Those who appreciate and love music and craftsmanship: guitarists, music lovers, conservatory students, concertists.

You chose to be a craftsman. How did this decision appear to be an evidence to you?

I was born in a very creative and artistic family. My older sister, soprano and her husband, orchestra conductor introduced me into this world from early ages.

Would you define your job a passion? What is the best moment you had in your job?

Definetely a passion. My best moment is the time an instrument a guitar is finished being born from my hands or I restore an historic instrument and know its historical background and constructor. What role do “talent”, “know-how” and “creativity” play in your profession? 30% 50% and 20% respectively.

And what about innovation, what are the changes since you started? Do you use new materials, tools, processes, marketing. What’s the impact of innovation on your performances? How could your profession be more innovative?

As an artisan I innovate and learn every day. The more you work the more you know there is still a lot to be discovered. From the point of view of the modernity and new technologies, my opinion that a 5% of my time has to be dedicate to exist in the world of technology and transmit my knowledge by mean o conferences, participation projects, etc. 

Where and how long did you train before you were ready for creating your business? Imagine that you want to invite young generations to choose your profession, what would be your message to them?

Fortunatly, throughout family transmission. I inherited it from my family and also working for more than 15 years with a master. I would invite the new generation to really learn from a master or appropriate training centers for a long time and never think that one knows everything, but being in constant learning. 

In Conclusion, describe a meaningful experience or a personal reflection that you would like to share with us and explain why.

I think craft professions are wonderful but also quite innate. In my opinion, being much patient and curious, respectful with other jobs and in constant learning for a long time. Knowning a piece of history, analysis of historic instruments, musical knowledge and adaptation to new technologies. But overall, a taste for doing a good job.

 

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