Thanh Cam in Vietnamese
means “The sound of instruments”.
Thanh Cam work shop was
started by my father, Do Van Thuoc. In 1953 at the age of
fourteen he began to learn the art of the luthier from his
His uncle was a famous instrument maker in Ha Noi during the
1950's and 1960's.
In 1960 he was one of the first to join the Vietnam Musical
Instrument Production Enterprise, Based in Ha Noi.
Prior to 1960 my father
learnt to build Guitars, Mandolins, Violins and traditional
Vietnamese Instruments like the Dan Bau (One string instrument),
Dan Tran (16 string Koto), Dan Day ( 3 string square shaped
guitar like instrument) and the Dan Nhi (2 stringed bowed
instrument that sounds similar to a violin).
In 1976 my father, Thuoc,
was sent to the Peijing Musical Instrument Enterprise in China.
He was sent there to learn how to build chinese musical
instruments and their method of construction. During this trip
he was taught to build guitars, violins, violas and some of the
traditional chinese instruments such as the PiPa, a 4 stringed
chinese lute, and the chinese hammered dulcimer.
After three years he
became the technical expert and technical manager of the
In 1990 my father left the enterprise to start our own shop, the
Thanh Cam Workshop. We have now become well known and respected
in Ha Noi.
We specialize in building
custom instruments for professionals and students from the Ha
Noi Conservatory of Music.
We have had the pleasure in the past few years to teach our
craft to others.
One of our students was Sike Morth, from the university in
She had come to Viet Nam during 1996 to study the construction
of Traditional Vietnemese instruments.
Another student of our was 14 year old Jan De Bruyne. He had
come to Ha Noi in the year 2000 with his family from Belguim. He
was very interested in learning how to build and play the
guitar. With our guidance he succeeded in building his first
We were also joined Guild of American Luthiers to exchange and
have learn throw GAL many update studies and finest lutherie
skills especially guitars both classical and steel string.
As my father nears retirement I am going to continue in his foot
steps. I am looking forward to a future in the art of the
If by chance you would
like to communicate with me, My name is Do Viet Dung. I will
include my e-mail address as well as my Home & Workshop address
in case you may come to Viet Nam. I would be happy to meet
customers, luthiers and friends from other countries.
(Note; In Viet Nam the last name is the given name. There are
two diferent D's, the hard D is pronounced like the english D.
The soft D as in Dung's name is pronounced as DZ.)
Do Viet Dung
Do Van Thuoc & Do Viet Dung
No. 45&47, Alley 127, Hao Nam Street
Dong Da dist. Ha Noi. Viet Nam