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August 8, 2010 | Artsy from Clark Mandolins

Always great to check in with our builder friends, and of course Boise, Idaho wood genius, Austin Clark is one of those at the top of our short list of favorites. Austin's latest satisfied customer is one of our favorite violinists, progressive string educator Darol Anger with the latest Clark creation, a terrific guitar-bodied octave mandolin.

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Photography by Mario Camillo

Austin is the victim of his own success, perpetually trying to keep up with demand from his international acclaim these last years. He writes us, "Things are busy here, trying to crank out a big batch after taking lots of vacation time. In this batch, I have 2 archtop guitars, an octave, an H5 dola an A5 and 2 F5s. Oh, and at the same time, I am trying to make 2 Dreadnaughts to take with me to IBMA."

We enjoyed some of his latest Facebook postings, some rather artsy shop photos.

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Photography by Eric Onasik

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Posted by Ted at August 8, 2010 7:31 AM


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