Today we are cutting slots for frets and installing them in the neck. There is lots of sanding and fussing.
It has been a busy week at strum factory.com. We are making 25 dulcimer guitars. Today we milk painted bodies and are preparing for them for shellac. We love this instrument because it so easy to play, even for the musically challenged. Each instrument of these instruments has a custom drawing inside that documents what is around me here in Florida.
we are working on the last little details before the finishing process.
we are moving along on our new batch of Strummers. The new outdoor space is enclosed and comfy to work in.
Just got back from a long summer of teaching. I had a great time. Taught a wonderful stringed instrument class with Keun Ho Peter Park at Arrowmont. It was so great to have 2 weeks to teach guitar making.
I am home and have spent the week moving our latest series of instruments forward. It has been wonderful to be back in my shop working with my sister .
This week the strum factory got more organized. Our jigs are made ,but as we assemble ,the instruments pile up on surfaces we need for working. We covered a wall with plywood and made these great racks for hanging them while work progresses. I also made a rack to hold all our parts.
After Teaching at Arrowmont , I went to Pocosin Art center to teach a Dulcimer Guitar class. pocosin is a wonderful place in eastern North Carolina. The deck of the dorms looks out onto the estuary and the sunsets were beautiful. My class was great and everyone who works there is wonderful. Here is what the class made.
I have been so inspired this summer by my students, working with Keun Ho Peter Park . Peter came up with the idea of using a bandsaw box format to create a stringed instrument in any shape that can be imagined. We have messed with it for 3 years and have really got it down now. Here are some pictures.
It has been a crazy summer. I have been on the road teaching since the end of May. Keun Ho Peter Park and I taught an awesome 2 week class at Arrowmont School of Craft in July. Over the next week I will post some pictures.
It has been a busy day of steaming sides and glueing up parts. Loving the outside shop!