Bone Nut Making


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A bone nut will upgrade the tone and clarity of your guitar, bass or any stringed instrument  – acoustic or electric! Even the most casually made instrument can benefit immensely from a hand cut nut. The results are truly stunning!

Students will learn to carve a bone nut for their instrument, with the guidance of an experienced luthier in the workshop.

Make no mistake – hand carving a nut from a piece of bone is a highly valuable skill for any guitar technician, and a necessity for the guitar builder.

Cutting a piece of bone by hand into a beautiful finished nut is a vanishing art.

In this workshop you will learn that skill and keep the art of luthiery alive for future generations. 

We also teach Bone Saddle Making!

Check out our Bone Nut & Saddle Making course here.


  • Fee

    Fee includes instruction, reference materials and use of a luthier workbench with specialized tools and all materials and shop supplies.

  • Materials and Supplies

    All materials and shop supplies required to complete this project are provided and included in the fee.

  • Instructors

    Ian Schneller read bio

  • Location

    1240 N. Homan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois 60651   Map

  • Registration

    Register online, in person, or by phone: 773.489.483 . Cash, credit card or a personal check are accepted. Registrations are final and non-refundable. Payment credit is transferable.


Students will have the opportunity to learn how to expertly cut a bone nut in the workshop.

Topics include:

  • The correct use of specialty files.
  • How to properly fit any style of nut.
  • Methods for polishing bone to a marble-like finish.
  • The correct method for laying out string spacing for any neck.
  • Material selection – distinguishing between real bone and imitation.
  • Era-correct shaping styles for matching the aesthetic of vintage replacements.
  • Tooling for the home workshop.

Excellent specialized tools are provided for your use during the class.

These tools include:

  • High Quality Japanese Nut Slotting Files
  • Nut Shaping File
  • Nut and Saddle Vise
  • Specialty String Spacing Ruler
  • .010 Gauged Saw
  • An Assortment of Polishing Compounds and Abrasives