Pages: [1] 2   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: The Inlays of Wendy Larrivée  (Read 21046 times)
J M Larrivée
Senior Member
***
Offline Offline

Posts: 265




Ignore
« on: January 27, 2012, 08:10:03 PM »

 
   When Jean Larrivée started building guitars in the late 60s, he had no idea they would become the canvas for his future wife's amazing artwork. In 1973, Jean met and married Wendy Jones, a collage art student with a rare talent - Wendy could design, cut and engrave delicate materials like pearl, abalone and ivory (legal at the time!) to create amazing pieces that could be inlayed into wood. Lucky for Jean, his guitars would become the fortunate recipient of Wendy's work. Spectacular dragons, fairies and mythological characters were soon dancing across the headstocks of his instruments. As the company grew, so did her talent. Her designs became more elaborate, no longer appearing just on headstocks, but on fingerboards and bridges alike. Her work is peerless and it can often take weeks, even months, to produce a new design. 39 years later, Wendy is still engraving and designing for Larrivée - from production inlays, to limited runs, to custom creations. But with no obvious successor, the future of Larrivée inlay is uncertain. So if you have a guitar adorned with Wendy's work, treat it well - you're one of the lucky ones...
 
  To see some of Wendy's creations from the last 4 decades, go to our Facebook page and you will find an album with some of her spectacular works of art.

  John Jr.
Logged
BenF
Gold Member
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 3256




Ignore
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2012, 08:49:05 PM »

Amazing talent! It's nice to see some of the custom ones too.
Logged

Ben
2009 FIII LS-03RHB #5

http://www.youtube.com/user/1978BenF
Barefoot Rob
Donuts?
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 13994




Ignore
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2012, 03:38:56 AM »

What there isn't one of you kids or maybe a talented wife who would like to learn at the knee of the master......
Logged

A REPAIRPERSON,Still Unclrob
OM03PA
Favorite saying
 OB LA DE OB LA DA,LIFE GOES ON---BRA,It is what it is,You just gotta deal it,
One By One The Penguins Steal My Sanity*Eat The Rich*, Keith and Barefoot Rob on youtube
Still unclrob
#19
12 people ignoring me,so cool
www.rpjguitarworks.com
Call PM me I may b
guitom
Senior Member
***
Offline Offline

Posts: 395




Ignore
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2012, 04:33:34 AM »

I DO feel lucky to have my genie!
Logged
boomklever
Member
**
Offline Offline

Posts: 14


WWW

Ignore
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2012, 08:12:26 AM »

My L-72:

Logged

~boomklever
cbarclay
Senior Member
***
Offline Offline

Posts: 398


WWW

Ignore
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2012, 01:58:26 PM »

I am amazed every time I see her work. It seems to me that she pioneered the whole artistic inlay industry.
Logged

Chris
Saint Louis, MO
L-03W
Walkerman
Gold Member
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 4658




Ignore
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2012, 02:48:40 PM »

Here's a before/after of one of mine.....







Logged
cbarclay
Senior Member
***
Offline Offline

Posts: 398


WWW

Ignore
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2012, 05:24:21 PM »

That's super cool!  Are there any other before/after or 'in the process pics'?
Logged

Chris
Saint Louis, MO
L-03W
ryler
Gold Member
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 1516




Ignore
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2012, 05:50:12 PM »

Very interesting, Walkerman, to see the before and after.  It never crossed my mind that when Wendy stops doing these, there won't be another artist to continue the tradition.  John Jr. and Matthew, let your second apprenticeship begin!
Logged
Barefoot Rob
Donuts?
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 13994




Ignore
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2012, 03:00:07 AM »

Very interesting, Walkerman, to see the before and after.  It never crossed my mind that when Wendy stops doing these, there won't be another artist to continue the tradition.  John Jr. and Matthew, let your second apprenticeship begin!

BIG  +1
Logged

A REPAIRPERSON,Still Unclrob
OM03PA
Favorite saying
 OB LA DE OB LA DA,LIFE GOES ON---BRA,It is what it is,You just gotta deal it,
One By One The Penguins Steal My Sanity*Eat The Rich*, Keith and Barefoot Rob on youtube
Still unclrob
#19
12 people ignoring me,so cool
www.rpjguitarworks.com
Call PM me I may b
axeman
Senior Member
***
Offline Offline

Posts: 246




Ignore
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2012, 04:57:29 AM »

I have an LS-10 with a unicorn.  Although it wouldn't have been my first choice, I still feel blessed to have found it at all.  A while later I passed on an L-10 with a joker, which would have been among my preferences.  Still regret that.
Logged

LV-09CE, LS-10, OM-09, 00-50TBS and numerous other guitars and basses
cbarclay
Senior Member
***
Offline Offline

Posts: 398


WWW

Ignore
« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2012, 05:17:10 AM »

I remember meeting a man in a small guitar shop in Houston who had a mermaid on his L.  He liked it so much he had it tattooed on to his arm.  
Logged

Chris
Saint Louis, MO
L-03W
ST
Gold Member
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 1740


WWW

Ignore
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2012, 05:24:34 AM »



low maintenance
Logged

LeftyBlake
Senior Member
***
Offline Offline

Posts: 221




Ignore
« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2012, 06:35:52 AM »

After seeing all the cool inlays on Facebook, it makes me want a guitar with one even more. Can you custom order them?
Logged
dgshoote
Member
**
Offline Offline

Posts: 28




Ignore
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2012, 12:50:56 PM »

those leave me speechless. Something to look forward to after I win the lottery.
Logged
psr-740
Member
**
Offline Offline

Posts: 61




Ignore
« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2012, 01:08:28 PM »

Beautiful 
 
Logged

Taylor GS Mini
Larrivee 003v-MH Vintage Sunburst
Larrivee C-10
Larrivee omv-10 Cedar Zircote
Larrivee RS-4 Lacewood
Larrivee RS-4 Forum V (No.6)
sgarnett
Senior Member
***
Offline Offline

Posts: 523




Ignore
« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2012, 01:15:07 PM »

In 1994, I bought an OM-10 Deluxe with the Griffin/Gryphon inlay in Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto.

I later asked Larrivee (in the serial number email) if it was a custom design for Gryphon. The answer was no, it was a standard design, but I've never seen another one. It also has the fingerboard inlay pattern that, to me, resembles a head-on view of flapping wings. I have seen that on other samples, though the spiral vine seems to be more common. I think it makes a cool tie-in with the Gryphon.
Logged
flatlander
Gold Member
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 3782




Ignore
« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2012, 01:36:14 PM »

That's super cool!  Are there any other before/after or 'in the process pics'?

He didn't mention that inlay is a custom of his bride. Really cool and great work.     
Logged

10-1614 more than a number, it's body and soul.
Walkerman
Gold Member
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 4658




Ignore
« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2012, 02:27:39 PM »

He didn't mention that inlay is a custom of his bride. Really cool and great work.     

You are correct...here is the original wedding photo that was used.  You can see that the train had to be modified to fit on the headstock.

Logged
cbarclay
Senior Member
***
Offline Offline

Posts: 398


WWW

Ignore
« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2012, 03:09:41 PM »

WOW!  that's even more amazing!
Logged

Chris
Saint Louis, MO
L-03W
Pages: [1] 2   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to: