Shop Tip #005
© Frank Ford 2004; Photo by FF

If there's one tool I REALLY wouldn't want to be without, it's a pocket knife. If you don't carry one, give it a try - you might be surprised how often you use it. Every time I do a repair demo or class, I get a snicker from someone in the audience when I haul out this humble little too for a quick use. I take it as a reminder that a number of beginners expect luthiers to use nothing but arcane techniques and specialized tools.