DASVIKEN, autodidact instrument maker
“I’m a autodidact instrument maker. At 14 years old, I was cutting up wood planks with a jigsaw in guitar explorer shaped.”
“For eternity” is what DasViken means in Breton. This is the name that I chose for my company, created in 2013. This was very clear to me who wanted to make authentic and sustainable guitars.
My short career as an engineer made me realize a lot of failings in the contemporary consumer society and it is on the basis of strong principles and convictions that I created DasViken Guitars. I work exclusively with recycled wood species, which have a story to tell.
Materials are assembled using an eco-friendly method: animal glue, buffer varnish and linseed oil or beeswax:
- No plastics,
- No chemical finishes,
- Natural glues,
- Local subcontracting for spare parts, in any case as much as possible … (I am still looking for a way to have my mechanics machined made without being dependent on a huge order quantities)
- Local or recovered wood.
My guitars are affected: they are neither new, or vintage, they are “hors d’age” over-aged!
COLLABORATION with DOREAU TONNELIERS
As a graduate of the Ecole Supérieure du Bois de Nantes. I have developed an analytical approach to choice wood species by finding substitutes for conventional species to work only with local species and recovered wood.
I source my oak from Tonnellerie Doreau.
We recycle second-hand staves that have contributed to the aging wines and eaux-de-vie. It is a second life for this noble Oak.
“Patience and passion are the essence of our work”
DasViken imagined according to the ancestral method of violin making, the Flying V-SOP guitar. It comes exclusively from a blend of staves from barrels that have contained Cognac.
Screen-printed by hand, the body of the guitar is inspired by the collaboration of the artist Shepard Fairey with Hennessy.