Evan Kingma is a 22 year old guitar maker from Canada. After studying food and wine in college, he came to Spain in 2015 to pursue a dream of learning how to make guitars at the European Institute of Guitar Making; he has been in Spain ever since. Evan blends traditional and modern style to make unique and beautiful classical and flamenco guitars.
I’ve always been in love with the guitar. One of my earliest memories is being too small to properly hold my father’s Fender Mustang, but still strumming the open strings; amazed at the sound it made.
In 2015, at the age of 19, I went to Spain to take a one month guitar making course with Master Luthier, Stephen Hill, at The European Institute of Guitar Making. I had practically no woodworking experience, but Stephen was able to teach me the techniques and how to use all the hand tools effectively. I very quickly fell in love. Two weeks into my one month and I had already started trying to figure out how I was going to stay longer.
I was able to convince Stephen to let me stay and build a second guitar, turning my one month into three.
Now I've gone back Spain, as Stephen’s apprentice, and among other work, I also work on his Model 2 guitars. I’m still quite early in my days as a guitar maker, but I’m making great instruments and building a high set of skills — so I can’t wait to see where I go from here!
I'm interested in non-traditional design for classical and flamenco guitars. If you look at any of the heads on my guitars you will get an idea of what I mean, as they are all asymmetrical. I also use a lot of bright colours and different woods you wouldn't normally see on a classical or flamenco guitar. While rosewoods are great woods for the back and sides of a guitar, I believe most woods can be great if the guitar maker understands the wood's specific characteristics. I aim to make every guitar sound incredible and be visually unique and beautiful.