Alexandra Pye

2014 QEST Carpenters' Company Scholar - Classical Guitar Making

Alexandra comes from a family of craftspeople and artists, including sculptors, furniture makers and book binders. Having gained a First Class BA and Masters in English Literature at Liverpool University, she returned to her roots by training in traditional cabinet making and was soon designing and making furniture to commission. After moving to Bristol in 2010, Alex became inspired to make her son, a keen classical guitarist, his first full size instrument. This was in response to her growing fascination with classical and flamenco guitar, as well as the desire for a challenge as a maker. A self-taught luthier, she has discovered a natural aptitude in guitar making and has had her instruments accepted for sale at the Spanish Guitar Centre in Bristol. Her QEST Carpenters’ Company Scholarship enabled her to attend a month-long practical course in Andalucia under the instruction of expert British luthier Stephen Hill and expand knowledge that she has learnt from her mentor Rik Middleton.