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Meet Tucker Bancroft

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tucker Bancroft.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am a craftsman at heart embracing the southern California lifestyle. I have made surfboards, furniture, wooden boxes, cutting boards and more. I grew up wrenching on motorcycles and cars and got started actually in metal fabrication/welding. To put it simply, I enjoy making things.

I learned to play the guitar and became so in love with the instrument I set out to learn how to build them. I set out to do it right; I found the Woodworking Department and Guitar Making Degree at Palomar College. I will be forever grateful for the program for all that I was able to learn from my teachers and classes during the four years I spent there.

I am all set up in my workshop to put my education and experience to the test. I plan to one day build guitars full time as a career. For now, it is a labor of love, and I am in exactly the right place.

Please tell us about your art.
I have been studying the traditional method of building fine instruments including Acoustic steel string and classical guitars, electric guitars, and ukuleles. The instruments I make, go through meticulous, detail oriented, hand tool work resulting in quality, tone, and feel that is not found in a production line. One man makes each instrument from start to finish using natures finest materials. I am passionate about my craft, and I guarantee all of my instruments for life. On top of custom building, I am offering a full-service luthier shop.

As a player with a certification in stringed instrument making, setup and repair, it is my goal to make the instrument feel like an extension of oneself. To inspire artists to pick up the guitar and play. To create a musical piece of art that will last a lifetime.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
At least locally, I have seen an increase in the appreciation for handcrafted goods. More and more people seem to be picking up niche crafts like myself, something that is really great to see! Handmade allows people to express their creativity in a contagious manner. I have friends pursuing art, photography, making furniture, jewelry, surfboards, skateboards, instruments, and more. Artists are inspiring more and more people to experience joy in very unique ways, which ends up creating communities of people that support one another.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I will have a guitar on display at the Del Mar Fair this summer at the Design in Wood showroom. I am available via email or Direct message on social media. I welcome and appreciate all inquiries. I am lucky to be working with some very talented local artists as well. So stay tuned!

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Austin Mullen

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