Jack Coobs, luthier and musician, builds beautiful instruments with an artist’s eye, a musician’s ear, and a machinist’s precision.
Guild of American Luthiers
Jack Coobs dreamed of becoming an artist and studied painting at art schools in Sarasota, FL and Cleveland OH. He then turned his attention to woodworking.
He spent ten years in apprenticeships at two North Carolina reproduction furniture companies, where he learned about the construction and finishing of fine furniture. Constantly striving to improve his skills, he took classes in the machinist's trade to achieve a high level of accuracy and precision. He founded Coobs, Inc. and began to create one-of-a-kind furniture. These are now the prized possessions of many prominent families in the Charlotte, NC area.
He is now focusing his talents on the construction of stringed instruments. In Jack's words, "Building musical instruments is the ultimate woodworking challenge. You can build a beautiful instrument, but if it doesn't sound good, you have wasted your time."
People familiar with Jack's furniture and his guitars agree that he has definitely achieved his dream of becoming an artist.
--by Howell Peterson, from Evolution of a Woodworker, Woodcraft company newsletter.
A video about Jack by Landon James Photography