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Vitomir Zarkovic

Handcrafted Classical
and Flamenco Guitars.

About

Vitomir Zarkovic is a passionate and dedicated guitar maker focusing on building the finest instruments. He pays special attention to every detail to make sure each instrument delivers superb, professional level tone and sound. ¶ After many years of playing he turned his wish to make guitars into reality by learning from a master luthier Thomas Knatt of Groton, Massachusetts. ¶ Vito is working out of a small shop in beautiful Kalorama Historical District in Washington, DC. He has a daily job as an Art Director at National Geographic.

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From the Shop.

Random photos of guitars, ukuleles, workshop, details and progress.

Rosette

Aside from being a signature detail of a maker the rosette is a decorative and structural element. The pattern shown in one above is made from over seven thousand wood "pixels".

Design and Ergonomy

The solera is the workboard on which the guitar is made. It sets the neck angle and the height of the bridge. The mold shown here allows for a different body and shape sizes.

Rosette

Aside from being a signature detail of a maker the rosette is a decorative and structural element. The pattern shown in one above is made from over seven thousand wood "pixels".

Design and Ergonomy

Sculpting the head.

Next: Fretting

All the gluing had been completed and the guitar is ready for fretting and the final shaping of the neck.

Compass Plane

Part of the guitar making process and enjoyment is making your own tools. Shown here is the "compass" plane with arched bottom that was used in making a solera and the concave base for gluing arched braces that results in doming of the plates. Wood used: Cherry, East Indian Rosewood (bottom). The blade is from an old Stanley plane.

Tunning Machines

Beautifuly crafted high-quality Sloane tuners come as a standard. Details

Shop

Just a random image of the shop and the workbench.

Mosaic Rosette

Aside from being a signature detail of a maker the rosette is a decorative and structural element. The pattern shown here is made from three kinds of an exotic wood and the black veneer.

Mosaic Rosette

Aside from being a signature detail of a maker the rosette is a decorative and structural element. The pattern shown here is made from three kinds of an exotic wood and the black veneer.

Ukulele Tenor

Ukulele comes in four main different sizes: soprano, concert, tenor and baritone. Shown here is tenor. Wood used for the one shown: East Indidan Rosewood for sides and back; Western Red Cedar for the top; Mahogany neck.

Temporary Mold

Used to keep the sides in shape after bending.

Back Jointing Before Joining

Preparing the back plates for gluing.

Thinning the Back Plate

Back needs to be thinned down to approximate tickness before gluing the braces.

Closing the Body

Back glued to the sides, end block and the neck block.

Gluing Braces for the Back

Back is reinforced with three cross braces and the center seam.

Ukulele Tenor

Top: Red Western Cedar (Thuja plicata); Sides and back: East Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia)

Ukulele Tenor

Top: Red Western Cedar (Thuja plicata); Sides and back: East Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia)

Ukulele Tenor

Top: Red Western Cedar (Thuja plicata); Sides and back: East Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia)

Ukulele Tenor

Top: Red Western Cedar (Thuja plicata); Sides and back: East Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia)

Ukulele Tenor

Top: Red Western Cedar (Thuja plicata); Sides and back: East Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia)

Repairs

Side crack and broken neck Taylor 214; loose bridge Taylor 714ce

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To place an order or schedule a visit, email or call:

Email:

vitomir.zarkovic@gmail.com

Phone:

(+1) 646 578 2440