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Guitar Festival fills La Conner with music

A couple thousand artisans, luthiers, musicians and wood millers from as far away as Italy and Spain, landed here last weekend for the sixth annual La Conner Guitar Festival to see, listen to and play the handcrafted and carefully sourced guitars and mandolins.

Most prices ranged from $8,000 to $26,000.

"I make high-end rectangles!" said walnut-wood lover Felly Smith.

His stack of walnut and red cedar, milled to the size of the neck and body shape of a guitar, begged for a luthier.

Before milling wood for guitars, Smith crafted percussion instruments for members of bands such as Los Lobos and...


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