where we are and where we came from
The Boatyard Guitar Workshop started in 2012 on the island of Lots Ait in Brentford, West London. Although predominately a boatyard Lots Ait was also home to a number of different craftsmen. In 2014 the workshop altered its focus to concentrate on teaching luthiery skills in an individually tailored format. As this gained popularity we rapidly outgrew our original island home and in August 2017 relocated to a much larger workshop facility which is part of the Artistic Spaces Group in Standard Road, Willesden. 

who we are

David Payne is a self confessed guitar fanatic who has spent a lifetime playing, building and collecting guitars. He spent his formative years gigging in pubs and clubs and could often be found incorporating modifications and upgrades into his instruments (and other people's too!). 
He studied luthiery at Merton College, where he now lectures. He continues to research this vast and fascinating subject at every opportunity.