On the road teaching. Peter Park and I just had a wonderful class at The Center For Furniture Craftsmanship teaching Stringed instrument making. Everyone did a great job! Here are a few pictures.
The house and shop are moving along. Today the garage was insulated and the new slab was poured last week. We are excited to get in and get going. This is a picture of one of the new tenor guitars I have been making. The neck is from the birch tree I planted when I was in 6th grade. The face and body are made from Quilted Maple and mahogany that my friend Mason gave me this winter.
This guitar has a neck made from a tree I planted in 6th grade. It was harvested when I was 44. I have air dried the wood and made myself a tool cabinet and some carvings. I am using the rest of the boards to make some funky guitars. This one has an essay decorating it which tells the story of the Arbor Day in 6th grade when I received the tree. It goes on to tell about my personal history with the tree. It is the first traditional guitar I made and the essay tells what I learned while creating it. I have created a symbolic alphabet that mimics our alphabet and written on the top , bottom and sides.
I am back in Florida. I am setting my new house and shop up, and getting really excited to get back to the guitars I have been working on. I finished three tenor guitars at Center For Furniture Craftsmanship this winter and have learned so much about making stringed instruments. Here is the mahogany tenor guitar finished. It sounds great!
Today I cut out the face from mahogany. I am trying some inlay. So many possibilities!
Second body bent and kerfing added. I cut the seam at bottom and added a little keystone detail. I am making the top from a piece of quarter sawn , figured poplar for the first instrument and am making the second top out of mahogany. I am currently teaching woodturning for the winter at The Center For Furniture Craftsmanship so I am able to make these guitars from the material people are throwing out. That is allowing lots of experimentation without worrying about the cost. When I get the process down I will spring for some really great stock. I have made a little box that fits over mold so I can glue top on by using bent sticks to apply pressure. We call these “Go sticks”.
Everything is going great! I have bent two bodies for guitar so far. I am trying different types of kerfing to see the benefits. Kerfing holds the thin sides stiff and provides a surface to glue top to. I have also glued blocks in both ends, one for joining to neck and one for strap button.