Red Rocks Community College
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Red Rocks Community College
News Release
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RRCC Lutherie Program to Exhibit Student-Crafted Guitars in Nov. and Dec.
Visit Colorado's own respected guitar makers in training


LAKEWOOD, CO-- Some of the nation's finest guitars and stringed instruments come from Colorado, home to one of the largest guitar-building programs in the U.S. Red Rocks Community College offers a certificate in lutherie—the crafting of stringed instruments—through their fine woodworking department, staffed by well-regarded professional artisans and guitar builders. The lutherie program is proud to announce two upcoming guitar shows featuring their work.

The Denver Woodworking Show will be held at the Denver Merchandise Mart on Nov. 18-20. The Show has donated two booth spaces to RRCC, where the fine woodworking department and lutherie program have showcased their students' finest pieces and held various woodworking demos for the past 10 years.

The fine woodworking department and lutherie program will host an open house on Saturday, December 10 at the RRCC Lakewood campus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The open house will feature the work of students and instructors to show prospective students what the program offers. The lutherie program teaches the fundamentals in the methodologies of hand-crafting solid wood guitars, classical woodworking techniques, and modern tool usage and technologies. Classes offered through the program range from beginning usage of wood-shaping tools to the advanced artistry required to create professional-level stringed instruments.

Robbie O'Brien, chair of the fine woodworking department, personally teaches about 30 students a semester in his classical guitar-building and finishing techniques, and steel-string building courses. O'Brien has been a working luthier since 1997 and has taught at Red Rocks since 2003.

“Guitar building for me is a labor of love,” said O’Brien. “I am so blessed that I’m able to make a living building guitars and teaching the art to others.”

In August, the lutherie program showcased RRCC-built guitars to over 3,000 visitors at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival in Santa Rosa, CA.

More about RRCC and the fine woodworking department: Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College delivers high-quality education programs leading to two-year degrees or certificates. RRCC serves over 15,000 students per year online and at campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada. The Fine Woodworking programs offers certificates in general fine woodworking, woodworking fundamentals, wood turning, luthier fundamentals, cabinetmaking, joining, artisanry, craftsmanship, and post-degree master craftsmanship in addition to a two-year associate degree of applied science in fine woodworking. For further information please visit


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