Luthier School


Luthier School

Discover the art of lutherie at Utah’s premier luthier program, where aspiring instrument makers thrive under the tutelage of master luthier Daryl vanderGroef. Ranked as the best in the state, this comprehensive program offers an unparalleled educational experience.

Our engaging workshops provide hands-on instruction in crafting responsive, high-quality instruments using AAAA-grade tonewoods. With one-on-one guidance and access to the finest tools and jigs, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to become a professional luthier.

Whether you’re a beginner or an aspiring luthier, de Houtwinkel’s lutherie school equips you with the expertise to build exceptional musical instruments. Graduates leave with the confidence and expertise to pursue their passion for lutherie. Elevate your craft and enroll in the lutherie school today!

Highlights from this workshop

  • Instrument design
  • Jig and mold making
  • Tone-wood selection
  • Tools and shop setup
  • Discussion of theories
  • Voicing of the top and back
  • Different bracing
  • Instrument set-up
  • Milling lumber from rough stock
  • One-on-one hands on instruction
  • Spanish Heel style construction or mortise/tenon
  • Frequency response
  • Gore/Gilet method
  • French polishing


This workshop, much like our others, is completely flexible with your schedule. You can choose from available weeks, or individual days that will fit your needs. We can also setup classes via Zoom if you have your own workshop, and once you have started the process in person.


Luthier School Pricing

$4,000 for the entire course, which includes all material to build the instrument and jigs. *Any bending machines, higher end tonewoods or other tools will be an additional charge*

$500 deposit* is required to secure your spot with the remaining balance due before the start of this program.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions

* Deposit is non-refundable. Any cancellation due to life events can be made, and we can reschedule as needed.