Elizabeth Jayne Henderson began making acoustic guitars with her dad, the very talented musician and luthier Wayne C. Henderson, as a means to pay off her law school loans and ended up loving the work so much that she decided to pursue a career in Lutherie rather than environmental law. For the past few years, she has honed her craft, learning from her dad in order to preserve and carry on his incredible trade while putting her own spin on his traditional aesthetics and methods.
Jayne has chiseled a space for herself within the luthier community by working to meld tradition with environmentally friendly practices. Most of her instruments are made from local wood that she finds within a small radius from her home in the Appalachian mountains or from materials located farther away but that are thoughtfully and sustainably harvested. Using these methods and my dad’s building techniques she is shifting the idea that only exotic endangered wood can make a beautiful, great sounding instrument.
She currently splits her time working in her dad’s shop in Rugby, VA and at her home in Asheville, NC. Jayne has taught both Beginning and Advanced Inlay techniques and we hope to have her return in 2021 for a Ukulele Building Workshop.