Martin Experience Event
Join us Thursday, September 14th for an evening with Martin Archivist Dick Boak. Our friends at Martin will be bringing custom guitars to Gryphon that will be available for sale.
Martin will also be giving a “buy one get one free” set of strings with the purchase of any set of Martin strings.
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, September 14th, 2017 at 6:30 pm at Gryphon Stringed Instruments, 211 Lambert Ave in Palo Alto, CA.
The 40 Year Intersection of Martin Guitars & Dick Boak
Dick Boak, C. F. Martin’s Archivist and public persona for more than 40+ years, will talk about how he was able to transition from a vagabond hippie illustrator, musician, and geodesic dome-building luthier woodworker into a dumpster-diving art teacher and eventually an unlikely but highly-driven Martin employee. After arriving at Martin as the new kid on the block backed by with the confidence and support of Chris Martin and his grandfather C. F. Martin III, Dick was given a long leash to consistently re-invent his job description from design draftsman to prototype maker to founder of the 1833 Shop and Woodworker’s Dream to heading up Martin’s Sawmill to running the Advertising Department to publishing the company’s long-running Sounding Board magazine. In the mid-1990s, Dick’s collaboration with Eric Clapton catalyzed Martin’s Artist Relations Department yielding more than one hundred significant Signature Model artist collaborations. After authoring four books and assisting Chris in the creation of Martin’s Museum, Dick settled into the vast organization of The Martin Archives. With a vibrant visual presentation and his trademark humorous delivery, Dick will touch upon all of these fascinating life-transitions and more!
While Dick Boak’s official title these days is Director of the Museum and Archives, and “Special Projects,” he has been inextricably intertwined with the world-renowned Martin Guitar Company in Nazareth, PA for more than 40 years. He established and managed Martin’s highly visible Artist Relations and Limited Edition guitar program which produced signature models for more than one hundred legendary artists including Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, John Mayer, Sting and Crosby Stills and Nash. An employee since 1976, Dick has worn many hats at Martin. Originally hired as a design draftsman, he has been a builder of prototypes, manager of “The 1833 Shop,” founder of “A Woodworker’s Dream” (which evolved into “Guitarmaker’s Connection”), manager of Martin’s Sawmill and Wood Products Division, and director of Martin’s in house advertising department and print shop. In addition to his varied responsibilities at Martin, he was instrumental in founding A.S.I.A. (The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans). He edited and published A.S.I.A.’s “Guitarmaker Magazine” from 1989 to 1995 and organized A.S.I.A’s many bi-annual Symposiums. More recently, he served on the Board of Directors of NAMM. Dick is an accomplished and published illustrator, author, designer, woodworker, guitarmaker, and musician. He resides just north of Nazareth with his family and is set to retire from Martin in January of 2018.