» Biography of a Luthier JEDIDIAH PLANET SAVING GUITARS Jedidiah Planet Saving Guitars

Uniting tone, beauty, and ecology, Jedidiah Planet Saving Guitars are here to redefine what a guitar can ultimately achieve! Hand-built by luthier Jedidiah Wiebe, these guitars are the pure expression of one man's devotion to nature.

Bio

My earliest memories are woodworking related. I grew up in a family with an extremely high caliber of woodworking – everything from log homes to fine cabinetry and fine furniture. It always seemed evident to me as a child that my dad’s woodworking shop was capable of completing literally any wooden masterpiece. My own career in luthiery traces back to ten years of age when I began to study the use of woodworking machinery by creating trinkets to sell at my mothers inn. From that age on I was almost always occupied in some woodworking related entrepreneurship. Even when I lived in university dorms classmates and authorities were astonished by the sheer quantity of sawdust and tools in my room! In second year university I decided to harmonize my ever intensifying love of music with an attempt at guitar-building. With extremely limited tools (and sitting cross-legged on my bedroom floor) I created my first guitar. The results were met with overwhelmingly positive feedback and from then on I have been building and selling musical instruments almost non-stop. By the time I completed my BA I realized that I had begun to spend more time as a hired luthier than as an anthropology student and made the decision to seek out a professional apprenticeship immediately. Vicente Larrain Luthier of Bogota, Colombia took me on for an old fashioned apprenticeship training in the old world traditions of luthiery. During this time I studied the construction of instruments in the guitar family, the mandolin family and finally the violin family. As a sort of final examination for my apprenticeship I put the dexterity of my hands to the test by entering a violin of my own in the XII Concorso Triennale Internazionale of Stringed Instruments. Being part of such a prestigious competition and being surrounded by so many accomplished luthiers gave me the inspiration I needed to begin to carve out my very own niche in the world of luthiery. Thus I established my workshop and I began my quest to construct the tonally ultimate guitar. During the early days of guitar building I quickly realized that I could finally unite my passion for the environment with my day-job. Thus, for the first time environmentally conscious musicians can purchase instruments that not only sound incredible but also promote a sustainable relationship with the earth. It is my dream and passion to help inspire the next generation to believe that we can integrate the needs of society with the integrity of nature. Seven years since I started, I am more than confident that my instruments will demonstrate to you that some of the best sounding guitars in the world are produced with no more than a beautifully sustainable ecological footprint – small and light just as the foot of a sparrow!

A little bit more about the Maker: I live with my partner Sarah in an eco-friendly yurt that we made ourselves from scratch two years ago. Naturally we used a large portion reclaimed wood, and wood we milled ourselves (with Dad’s help!) from trees that fell on our farm. To live sustainably we utilized wool insulation batts which we processed and manufactured ourselves from raw sheep fleeces and biodegradable toxin free construction materials as well as an upcycled impermiable poly canvas roofing! We use a Waste Vegetable Oil powered Mitsubishi 4×4 van for transportation and trips to the mountains to forage mushrooms and other food we eat. In our free time we grow the vast majority of our own foods, everything from all the varities of veggies we eat to our own staples such as corn, beans, and quinoa. In fact Check out Sarah’s site: quinoaproject.org and become part of the ‘grow your own quinoa movement!’ And if you are interested in a high quality frame drum with produced with the highest possible standard of ethics click here.

Photo by Shalom Wiebe