Structures of top plate and back of a Robert Bouchet guitar - 1961

Top plate of a Bouchet being prepared in the atelier of Antonio de Pádua for his friend and collaborator Luiz Finamore

Three-parts back of jacarandá (Dalbergia nigra) being prepared in the atelier of Antonio de Pádua for use in a Bouchet guitar model.

Bouchet was an absolute master of the art of wood carving. The lutherie appeared late in his life. As a neo-impressionist painter, he teached for several years in the School of Decorative Art of Paris. In 1946 he constructed his first guitar for his own use.

Associating with the Les Amis de la Guitarre, a society of enthusiastics of the classic guitar, in Paris, Bouchet had his work as luthier divulged within French musicians of the time. His formation as constructor was given in an informal way and his very proper style was fruit of his creativity with the influence of luthier friends and the master Antonio Torres, who he deeply admired.

Despite his French nationality, Bouchet used the Spanish construction technique, in which the neck is initially glued to the top of the instrument to, right after, be added the sides and back of the box. The Bouchet instruments had always presented marvelous finishings and sound to the traditional Torres.

Great guitarrists like Juliam Bream, Alexander Lagoya and Emilio Pujol used Bouchet instruments.

(C) 2007 Christovão Abrahão & Luiz Finamore