We are almost ready to start our next run of instruments. I have been insulating the shop extension and building storage. We got a new thickness sander which will really help us with guitar tops, bottoms and inlays. The pandemic is a nightmare but has allowed a chunk of uninterrupted time to get organized ( glass half full).
I built a new rack this week for guitars awaiting set up. It feels great to get shop and studio organized!
The Strum factory has been working on our shop spaces. Building cabinets, setting up dust collection, and insulating the space. I am working on completion of ongoing instruments. Its been a crazy year as you all know. We hope everyone is safe and healthy.
There is so much happening! I am in Maine teaching and Laura is in Saint Petersburg holding down the fort. She is working on the new Uke , and I am stepping backwards and messing with making a cigar box guitar that sounds great. The research and development takes time, we need to make and play and see how all is going over time. I am having fun with this one!
We are in the studio designing a new Ukulele. Laura has been playing hers quite a bit and decided the time had come. I can already tell , with some R and D, we will come up with something good! Peter Park and Jay Hwang were visiting for Christmas. We messed around with some block printing and he printed these shell patterns on the top.
Spent the weekend at the Old Southeast Market selling Instruments. I met many cool people and had fun!
They are ready! We photographed this week and have been expanding site. We are already designing next run. The dulcimer guitar is the perfect instrument for beginners and experienced musicians. Our small runs of 20 with custom drawings inside also make them a collectable item.
We have a lot going on right now. Laura is working on the web site, and I have finished stringing all the instruments in our new batch. Tomorrow the photographing begins! We are excited and already designing the next batch.
We are really moving along. What is so exciting about making a functional object like an instrument is stringing it and hearing the first sound!! Tomorrow may be that day.
Today we started clear finishing the instruments. I made bridge stock for all the instruments. It is really exciting!