'The Guitar Barrel Project'


The discovery of a cache of large wine barrels from the estate of the Marqués de Pombal in Lisbon, dating back to the time of the 1755 earthquake that destroyed the city and kicked off the age of enlightenment was a fortuitous find.


Old-growth Mahogany from the Brazilian colonies, seasoned and suffused with the aroma of the countless vintages that had matured in these barrels.  Exceptional wood with a rich historical context, now repurposed into special instruments by six luthiers.


The documentary "The Guitar Barrel Project", shot during the building process documents the story of the wood and the creation of these extraordinary guitars.


For more information visit the website.


May 11 we had the opening of the exhibition of the "Guitar Barrel Project" in Loulé. It was a very nice occasion with guitars, documentary, friends and new acquaintances!  What more can you wish for?  


And a beautiful and fitting venue - thank you Loulé Criativo  in the Palácio Gama Lobo, Rua da Nossa Sra. de Fátima, in Loulé, 8100-259 Portugal


The exhibition will remain open until May 18, between 10am and 5pm.


Our Carcavelos Mahogany Guitars were presented for the first time at the 2024 NAMM show. 




About our Carcavelos Guitars


About our "Guitar Barrel Project" guitar


About the Carcavelos Mahogany



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