I find it hard to describe Anchor Guitar Studio without being hyperbolic. It is by far the coolest live/work space I have ever seen, located in the hippest part of downtown Vancouver: Railtown.
Anchor Guitar Studio owner "Skinny" Tim Mcleod lives in a ninety-nine year old converted rice mill. The space is complete with exposed brick, hardwood floors and a charming view of the railroad. When Anchor Guitars took the space over from local shoe designer Ken Diamond in September 2010, it needed a lot of work. The floors were unfinished, the exposed brick had peeling white paint, and the previous renters had scrawled notes in pencil all over most of the walls. Needless to say, Tim has put a lot of heart and soul into the space to make it his own. With his vintage guitar collection on display, an heirloom plaid shirt owned by his grandfather, and an 8' x 10' blown up photo of a scene from the civil rights movement that he got out of an encyclopedia, the atmosphere is welcoming, charming, appealing, and as a result, hip.
Out of this tiny space Tim does production and sales for Sparrow and Anchor guitar lines, as well as guitar repairs and guitar parts sales. Tim is also heavily involved in the local music scene, a regular volunteer at local homeless shelters and he supports local projects in film and the arts.
Images: Aaron & Steven Zenga, and Skinny Tim