May 4th, 2018

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.

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April 13, 2018

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.

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January 15,2018

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.