Hello friends, I have been considering off and on the idea of pursuing a luthier apprenticeship, first and foremost because I would like to gain more skills for working on my own equipment. I don't see myself going into business, at least not as anything more than a side-hustle, but I'd very much like the opportunity to learn from someone with knowledge informed by real world experience. I'm also planning on moving to contiguous amerika for grad school in the next couple years so I have a lot of potential flexibility in relocation. Anyway, I'm curious about a few things. What did it take to get into your luthier apprenticeship? Is it competitive, and how skilled do you need to be to start? Is it like an internship or are you paid? Who did you learn from, and what did you like and dislike about them? How long did it take/how difficult was it? (comparable to tech school? Bachelor's? Grad school?) Did you feel like it was worth it? What else would you share with someone who was considering following in your footsteps? And anything else you feel is relevant. None of these are dealbreakers, if I decide this is the way then I'll do what needs doing. Just trying to get a good idea of what I'm looking at.