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About Dockyard Guitars

George Parfitt began Dockyard Guitars in 2014 for an art project at school in his hometown Pembroke Dock in South West Wales, utilising reclaimed materials from the former Royal Dockyard. 

In 2017 George received a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship for travelling to the USA to investigate the 'Cigar Box Guitar Revolution' to see how it could benefit the youth and less privileged communities within the UK. 


He has hosted workshops to make your own guitar from reclaimed materials with hundreds of people at festivals and community events, and has exhibited his own work in galleries throughout the UK.


In 2018 George received the Janet Creasey Scholarship for Stringed Instrument Makers in order to study Historic Musical Instruments at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation.

The following year he was awarded the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Scholarship for British Craftsman, which funded a second year at West Dean. 

After graduating with a distinction, George has re-established his workshop in Pembroke Dock where he continues to craft musical instruments out of neglected objects and materials, as well as fine traditional instruments. 

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