Waking up to snow on the ground in November can be alarming, but very Maine-like… Snow turned to rain making for the perfect day to hunker down in the shop and get a lot done. I’m working on a series of three guitars which each feature a unique design relating to the counterculture literature that was making the rounds when I was young. My open mind was heavily influenced by my older brother who was the perfect age to take advantage of all the great music and excesses of the sixties. It was when he wasn’t around that I got to pilfer his goods- guitars, albums, and books. moving them over to my room for as long as I could get away with it.
Here’s the three in various states of progress-
Making guitars is a thrilling endeavor, a journey, a long ride through many many steps with a very high level of care and attention needed at all times. I find guitarmaking a full expression of who I am as an artist, craftsman, and musician. However…
Sometimes it’s just plain fun to work fast on short little creative projects. Dorothy and I have ordered a mess of 3″ wood discs and challenged ourselves to make ornaments using woodburning pens. At least that’s where we’re starting from… and a few weeks later, I’ve made a grand total of eight and they have made their way to the Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner to be offered for sale. Stop by!
…and will arrive this year in the driving rain. Woodstock! Maybe Dylan’s Hard Rains Gonna Fall was written here. I’m grateful to return to see some of the finest guitars on the planet and to connect with my luthier friends. Headed by Baker Rorick, the show has a revolving cast of guitarmakers. I had a booth there last year and hope to return again. This time, we are here to enjoy some world class picking in a very cool little town. Dorothy and I will be at the Show tomorrow morning (Sunday) until around 1:00. If you see me, come say hello!