Today I cut out the face from mahogany. I am trying some inlay. So many possibilities!
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.
I recently visited my good friend Keun Ho Peter Park in Philadelphia. We teach summer workshops together in stringed instrument making. He is currently teaching a creative instrument class at The University of the Arts. I stopped by to teach a turning workshop and he showed me all the great instruments they are working on. Here he is playing the new electric guitar he made, he also shared the finer techniques of saw playing.
I had a great winter teaching and making at The Center For Furniture Craftsmanship. I am now traveling and have time to share some of the projects I worked on. My first project in December was a Ukulele commission for my friend Bruce. He wanted a Uke that would inspire him as an artist. I wrote an essay about my life as an artist and transcribed it into Wing Ding Font. I wrote inside and outside on a body that is our Strumfactory.com style. Here are some pictures. Click here to read Bruce’s essay about the uke.
You have your new instrument so now what do you do? You mess around until you find the beginning of a song or a chorus and then try to work out the whole song. It is fun and meditative. It doesn’t always work out like you think (speaking as a person who was not formally trained in music). For instance, one day I was trying to play “Brown Eyed Girl”, and I came up with, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”. I just went with it. This is the fun of playing.
We added some songs to try out on your Strumpets here —–>SONGS. If you have received an instrument, you have no doubt worked out some songs of your own and we would love to hear them.
There are still some instruments left and there is still time to ship before the holidays.