I am Chris Wynne - master luthier. Thanks for taking the time to visit my website to learn more about me and my passion for guitar building
I am the founder and former owner of Thomas Lloyd Guitars. I have been a guitar maker and teacher since 1993 and began guitar making after studying classical guitar at university whilst pursuing a career in musical performance.
In 1997, I founded the Thomas Lloyd School of Acoustic Guitar Building,
initially based at the historic Yarra Grange near Melbourne Australia. As interest built, I quickly outgrew this small workshop.
In 2003, I moved to the renowned artist colony at Montsalvat, Eltham. This was to become my home for many years until 2019 when I decided to embark on a new challenge - a new permanent school in France whilst maintaining my Australian teaching.
Part of the reason for this change is a new collaboration with decendants of Antonio de Torres to produce a documentary about the creator of the modern classical guitar. There has also been considerable interest from Europeans in the use of Australian tonewood for acoustic guitar building
Over my career, I have taught over 700 people from around the world how to build guitars, from the USA to Brazil, England to Iceland, people have come to me to learn my craft.
I have also released an internationally availble 10 DVD boxset and instruction manual for building an acoustic guitar with Australian tonewoods. In 2008 I opened my first international school in Italy and have since taught in France, Japan, and Canada over the past 12 years.
I have also written for several international guitar magazines and also give talks not just here in Australia but around the world on the art of luthierie
A builder and performer, it has help me gain the intimate knowledge of what guitarists want from their instruments and how to build them.