Philosophy


Craftsmanship, as I understand and practise it:

I am in touch with the raw materials in question from the tree to the finished instrument. I choose the wood I am going to purchase myself, store it for the least 10 years before using it; apart from the mechanical parts, I make all of the other parts myself and put them together with virtually no tension as is humanly possible.

Consequently, I am in control of the quality of every separate part of the guitar, and I am able to realize my completely individual ideas of sound.

As a result of over 25 years of experience and development, the characteristic sound, the "soul" of a Hegewald guitar has been created.
In contrast to pure craftsmanship, here are a few facts about industrial manufacture. The conditions for a mechanical manufactering process are as follows:
The same raw materials, i.e. in the construction of the instrument veneer, plywood or, if you are lucky, solid wood cut to the same thickness. To accelerate production the wood is dried artificially. A uniform, readily available piece of material for easy usage is produced from a piece of wood that is alive and has different structures. It does not matter any more whether the material is young or old, light or heavy, dry or damp or has fine or large pores or a good or a poor sound.


Knowledge and manually working with the peculiarities of the different types of wood are lost Manufacturing wooden instruments in a factory will not require such knowledge in the future.

A craftsman´s skills can only develop in the long run through actually working in the workshop and coping with the new demands that arise every day.