Guitar Festival brought luthiers to La Conner


Marissa Conklin

TRULY PITCHING SELLING ONE OF A KIND – Hundreds of luthiers brought their handcrafted stringed instruments to Maple Hall for the fifth annual La Conner Guitar Festival May 19-21. Thousands of attendees handled them, played them and listened to their sound. Probably more hearts fluttered in anticipation of purchasing a guitar or mandolin than people opening their wallets to make a transaction.

La Conner is a cool place with its incredible dining, magic Skagit views and small town charm. It is no wonder a Guitar Festival has been added to the list of things to do. In mid-May, Maple Hall becomes home to some of the finest handcrafted and carefully sourced guitars one could imagine. "They're almost like living things" says John Carrigan of Curly Creek Guitars. "I know my child is out there and it wants to be played." Carrigan specializes in Archtop guitars, a passion he developed as a skilled furniture builder turned guitarist. "It is a hobby that pays for itself" says Carrigan. He...

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