Welcome to Fromthewoodshop.
Home of the Willis guitars and custom violins

Building masterpieces for the guitar and violin enthusiasts 

Custom Instruments


My violins and repair services

I build my violins using the pattern of the Guarnerius model. Local maple wood for the entire violin is used except for Sitka spruce for the top and ebony for the fingerboard. Prices start at $800

I repair and setup violins as well as Bow rehairing.


My Willis guitars

I build Dreadnought size guitars after the classic Martin D28 but with the scalloped soundboard bracing of the Martin HD28. 

This scalloped bracing produces rich and booming sound since the top is able to vibrate more in combination with smaller “scalloped out” braces. The Willis guitar also gives off a sweet and balanced harmonics due to this design. The Willis guitar gives more overtones, volume, and bass which is great for bluegrass players and finger-pickers. Pricing starts at $1200


Repair Services

Guitar and violin repair including bow rehairing. 


Luthier: Willis Howard

A native of Whitesville, Kentucky. Enjoys making and repairing instruments. One of his Guitars and one of his Violins are at the Owensboro Bluegrass Museum.

Contact Us


7706 Stevens School Road, Whitesville, Kentucky 42378, United States

(270) 315-2534

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