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The Luthier

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The Luthier

Over the past month or so I have been slowly but surely piecing together, what will be, the start of a new series of artistic mini documentaries. The first in the line up is 'The Luthier' (working title) covering the craftsmanship of the well respected James O'Halloran. Over the past 2 days, the team and I spent a lot of time getting to know more about the process of repairing instruments that frequently land on James's workbench and delving into the intricacies of the craft.

James works from home with his many trusty dogs to keep him company just outside of Carrigaline town. The level of skill and attention to detail that goes into his work is also clearly evident throughout his entire home. Gorgeous walnut furniture and carvings line the predominantly wooden interior which truly reflects his material of choice. We predominantly spent our time between his two workshops that he moves between to refine the wood needed for each repair job. Both locations reflect the considerable amount of time that James has been working with the material and really give a homely feel to his workspace. We were graced with beautiful weather as warm sunlight softly beamed in the window of the workshop leaving a beautiful glow on the various hues or reds and browns of the timber.

The shoot finished off with James treating us to an amazing sonic experience in his 'listening room'. Over the course of 30 years he has built an unbelievable audio system that is a feast for the ears and a real treat for someone who really appreciates the intricacies and fidelity of music! Definitely the crew and I left with happy faces after listening to some great recordings that shook our souls and were lucky to hear on such a rare system. 

It will approximately be a month or so before the documentary is released. The initial delay being that I will be heading out of the country to go snowboarding for 2 weeks which will be amazing! However, while I abroad, the editing process will be underway and once I am back, the finishing touches will be put together. Until then, expect a few shots from my trip to Colorado in the meantime. :)

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