27th May – 4th June 2023 Creative Kernow

Miles Henderson Smith – Guitars


I make traditional handcrafted classical and romantic guitars.

Since 2009 I have been making fine hand-crafted classical guitars from my workshop in the center of Falmouth. This year I will be exhibiting my instruments at the Eco Park Porthtowan.

I mainly focused on making guitars based on designs by Herman Hauser. More recently I have made romantic-style guitars based on 19th-century instruments by Rene Lacote.

In all my instruments I use the highest quality materials that I am able to obtain. I usually use a traditional combination of woods that includes Indian rosewood for the back and sides, European spruce for the soundboard, cedar or mahogany for the neck and head, and ebony for the fretboard. I use this combination as it gives me consistently reliable results. However, I am increasingly aware of the necessity to use more sustainable materials and I am keen to use alternative tonewoods when possible.

My instruments are made individually using traditional hand tools and techniques. They are made with precision, care, and attention to detail.
I will have a small collection of instruments on display, which you are invited to try. I am happy to work with customers to build a guitar to suit your needs.

Alongside my guitars, there will be a selection of local artisans including a painter, photographer, jeweler, ceramicist, sculptor of flotsam, and textile artist.

Opening Times
11am - 5pm

Opening Days
Sat 27th May
Sun 28th May

From Redruth: follow B3300 to Porthtowan Turn right onto Chapel Hill; right to the Eco Park. Follow the road past the stables to the gate on the left. From Truro follow signs to Porthtowan, go up Chapel hill; at the top go left to Eco Park. TR4 8HL
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The venue has on site parking
The venue has toilet facilities
The venue is accessible to people with mobility difficulties
The venue is family friendly

Accessibility Information
The exhibition space is all on one level. Parking is free and there is disabled parking outside the Exhibition Barn. There are accessible toilets and a ramp up to the café.