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  • Luthier Martin Maudal plays the first Carolann guitar recently outside his Claremont studio in a converted Victorian era garage. Mr. Mandal had no experience as a wood worker, let alone making instruments, when he created this guitar in his New York studi

    Luthier Martin Maudal plays the first Carolann guitar recently o...

  • Bobby Eras shoots video of Martin Maudal as he polishes one of his custom guitars on Monday in Claremont. Mr. Maudal’s work will be featured in a television show about local artisans that Mr. Eras is producing.

    Bobby Eras shoots video of Martin Maudal as he polishes one of h...

  • The inlaid Carolann logo on the guitar’s headstock is one of the fine details of Martin Maudal’s handmade guitars. It takes months to create each instrument with a large portion of the time devoted to letting the varnish cure.

    The inlaid Carolann logo on the guitar’s headstock is one of t...

  • While working on of his custom guitars Martin Maudal uses the light coming in from the open bay doors to inspect the finish on Monday in Claremont. This instrument was on loan to a musician when the guitar suffered a fall and was returned for repair.

    While working on of his custom guitars Martin Maudal uses the li...

  • Martin Maudal inspects the final finish on one of his guitars on Monday at his Claremont Village workshop. Even with careful planning by Mr. Maudal the finished product is always a bit of an unknown until the polish brings out the subtle colors and patter

    Martin Maudal inspects the final finish on one of his guitars on...

  • Martin Maudal creates his Carolann Guitars under the canopy of this ancient oak tree in a converted garage that was formerly used to maintain citrus industry tractors. The name Carolann comes from Mr. Maudal’s mother who gave him the love of music.

    Martin Maudal creates his Carolann Guitars under the canopy of t...

  • Martin Maudal uses a band saw to cut a piece of hand-selected wood for one of his future guitar projects. Over the last few years he has worked trimming trees, which gave him access to locally grown hardwoods that make fine guitars.

    Martin Maudal uses a band saw to cut a piece of hand-selected wo...

  • Luthier Martin Maudal answers questions about his guitar work while being interviewed by filmmaker Bobby Eras on Monday in Claremont. Mr. Eras is making a television show about local artisans and their creations.

    Luthier Martin Maudal answers questions about his guitar work wh...

  • Martin Maudal inspects the final finish on one of his guitars on Monday at his Claremont Village workshop. Even with careful planning by Mr. Maudal the finished product is always a bit of an unknown until the polish brings out the subtle colors and patter

    Martin Maudal inspects the final finish on one of his guitars on...

  • Martin Maudal fits the resonator into one of his instruments recently in his Village area workshop. He named his guitars Carolann after his mother you instilled in him the love of music.

    Martin Maudal fits the resonator into one of his instruments rec...

  • Luthier Martin Maudal checks one of his guitars for any small imperfections as he prepares it for the final polish on Monday at this Village area studio. People who make guitars by had are called Luthiers, their craft is the art of Lutherie.

    Luthier Martin Maudal checks one of his guitars for any small im...

  • After cutting the raw wood Martin Maudal holds the two pieces together to get an idea of what the body of a finished guitar would look like. He selects wood that has interesting lines to create a unique look for each instrument.

    After cutting the raw wood Martin Maudal holds the two pieces to...

  • Claremont counselor Ruth Aaron recommends that when children ask about horrible acts of violence like the mass shooting in Aurora Colorado parents should reframe the context to make the child feel safe.

    Claremont counselor Ruth Aaron recommends that when children ask...

  • Claremont counselor Ruth Aaron recommends that when children ask about horrible acts of violence like the mass shooting in Aurora Colorado parents should reframe the context to make the child feel safe.

    Claremont counselor Ruth Aaron recommends that when children ask...

  • Firefighters from 3 LA County Fire stations search for  smoke at a home in the 400 block of Blaisdell Drive on Saturday in Claremont. The residents were at dinner and returned home to watch the Olympics when they smelled smoke and called 911.

    Firefighters from 3 LA County Fire stations search for smoke at...

  • Firefighters from 3 LA County Fire stations search for  smoke at a home in the 400 block of Blaisdell Drive on Saturday in Claremont. The residents were at dinner and returned home to watch the Olympics when they smelled smoke and called 911.

    Firefighters from 3 LA County Fire stations search for smoke at...

  • Paul Rivas and his daughter Leilani Rivas check out the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile on Sunday in the Claremont Village. The famous hot dog car was attracting a small crowd on the side of Indian Hill Boulevard and Second Street during the late afternoon.

    Paul Rivas and his daughter Leilani Rivas check out the Oscar Me...

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