As befits guitars made by someone once based in Montana and now in California, Mark Blanchard's acoustic models bear wonderfully evocative names inspired by trees.
From the smallest "Seedling" to the large-bodied "Sequoia", his acoustics have an organic look and classic tone and feel. Mark is primarily a self-taught builder, but came to lutherie with a background in physics, and worked his way towards designing and crafting his own guitars after a decade spent repairing and restoring. Along the way, he's always worked closely with musicians to develop his designs, and sticks primarily with handcrafting methods and a slow process that results in a refined yet unique guitar each time. Neither a strict traditionalist nor avant-garde in his aesthetics, his guitars have a timeless and earthy (yet refined) vibe that make them easy to love.