It has been awhile since our last post. I am in the new house and preparing the new shop for production.
Today My Sister Laura and I unpacked templates and prepped stock for a run of Strumpets. We have been discussing some new instrument designs and a new web site. Lots has been happening but nothing could be done until both our shops were for the work to begin.
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!