Golden Guitars

dukeclassictobaccoJuha Ruokangas, luthier extraordinaire from Finland makes a range of utterly gorgeous guitars… the designs of which are built according to the golden mean.

It’s not just skin deep… check the finish on this

nicNow I know a little bit about guitars, on account of this being me, a year or two ago:

dobro2And then a year or two later

And these guitars from Finland are gorgeous. I’m totally going to get one of these at some point. When I become a little less broke :)

The website has various making-off photos which are incredibly interesting if you like that sort of thing :). I like his philosophy-of-making as well.

People seem to be really, really interested in the process by which things get made – to the extent that transparency can (and often does) take the place of advertising (which is generally bogus and manipulative). The artefact has become the physical instantiation of process. It’s how people can participate.

and there’s a kind of “guitar builder” thing… where you can choose a guitar type, then try out different colours and whatnot.

I think I’ll go for one of these:


or these.



Recent Posts

Wake me up when it’s 2020

Okay, it's 2020 now I guess. [br]I've been making Golden Mean Calipers for about 10 years now. [br]In 2019 I wrote 2 blog posts... that's not enough to achieve the various purposes of writing blog posts, among which are: [br]- to learn what you think [br]- to show people you're still alive [br]- to show google (et al) you're still…
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Golden Mean Caliper Comparison Chart

I thought it might be useful for people to be able to compare all the calipers on the one page, so I made a comparison chart. CaliperDescriptionSmallest measurementLargest measurementPrice (USD)Most often used by Small Calipers 120mm or 4.5" high - smallest of the 3-armed calipers 9.5mm or .37" 189mm or 7.5" $35 Beauticians Artists working with detail, or smaller pieces…
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Demo of Golden Ratio in Artistic Composition (fairly disorganised)

Over the years, I've built up a collection of Golden Ratio Calipers... and I decided it might be quite useful for people if I made a video comparing them. Some of them are really good - some terrible. So I set up my camera... and found that my video-space looked a bit bare... needed a painting. So I decided to…
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Why The Golden Ratio Works For Flowers

Fairly amazing video going into the maths of why flowers (and pine-cones, relative leaf positions etc) are so often based fibonacci numbers. And it's fairly amazing because I actually understood it. It's been a loooong time since I tangled with quadratic equations, but (on the 2nd watch) this did actually make sense to me. I always thought that with…
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Limited Run : Neon Colour Range I was tinkering with these colours a while back... and then someone with exceptional taste and style made a big order for a whole range of coloured ones... and every one was all "ooh!!!" So I made some for the local art gallery - and they all sold as well. So I made enquiries about getting a lot more…
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New Product Videos

I'm putting together a series of product videos... one for each of the 10 or so different calipers that I make. [br]They will all look kindof the same... they're mainly for embedding in shop pages and so on. Because they'll all look kindof the same, I've made a separate youtube channel so subscribers don't lose their minds with boredom.…
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