By Deane Barker

Definition: one who builds or repairs stringed instruments

The word comes from “lute,” which was an early guitar.

Why I Looked It Up

I was driving home from the airport in Sioux Falls when I saw a new shop advertising itself as “Certified Luthiers.”


Added on July 15, 2023

From a profile of Yo Yo Ma in Spark: How Genius Ignites, From Child Prodigies to Late Bloomers:

…beginning with a reference from Isaac Stern, who had heard Ma play in Paris at the advice of a famed luthier named Étienne Vatelot.

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