Foundation Degree Arts – Musical Instruments 2018 - 2020

George Parfitt

Guitar Maker

What do you consider your biggest achievement to date? 

My biggest achievement so far is being awarded the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship. 

Talk us through your career path since graduating

Since graduating I have settled back in to my workshop in Pembrokeshire where I've had a backlog of commissions and orders that I have been slowly catching up with, and I'm currently in the process of opening my own guitar shop for the start of next year. (Watch this space!) 

What projects are you currently working on?

I've just finished a bespoke parlour guitar and now getting ready for the next build which is an 'OO' size guitar with lots of colourful inlay. I've also got a few cigar box style guitars on the bench for an upcoming exhibition. 

Do you have any tips for recent graduates?

Keep your tools sharp and your instruments in tune. 

How do you think studying at West Dean College prepared you for what you do now?

My studies at West Dean introduced me to a professional standard of working at a quick pace that is needed when establishing your own business, and my tutors taught me an extensive amount of knowledge about the craft of musical instruments which I am extremely thankful for.   

What's your favourite memory from your time at the College?

My favourite memory has got to be performing Sosban Fach at the secret tiny workbench gig.