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Making the Cut

Handmade Classical Guitars - Milling Western Red Cedar SoundboardsI always get a little nervous when I start prepping a log of future guitar soundboards for milling. Making a good cut takes a good deal of patience and experience that I am always worried I won't have.

Lessons In Making Soup

Making a Batch of SoupTwo weeks ago I got weary of cooking every night for myself and decided that it was too time consuming, so on my ritual Sunday afternoon grocery store trip I shopped for the would be ingredients in one giant kettle of soup that would last me through the entire week of building classical guitars. My soup making skills leaned particularly hard on my Peace Corps experience in Jamaica.

The Way We Look At Things...

Classical Guitar BracingToday I was staring down my miter joints as I inlayed the purfling in one of my classical guitars. It's a very exhausting thing - applying the binding and purfling to a guitar. Of course, it would be a lot easier if I didn't care about the outcome. It was about 3pm, and like lots of people in my time zone, I was beginning to lose concentration.

Working Harder or Smarter?

Guitar No. 6It's good to be productive. Some of it is hard work and some of it is ingenuity. By the end of this week I will have a couple of guitar frames hanging in my humidity room ready to get fitted for both their top and back. It's so much faster than I had previously been building guitars, yet my process has changed very little.

Creating Sustain

The Silo at the Turrentine Family FarmI grew up on a farm making things. When family and friends came out to visit us the prevailing question was always, "what do you do out here in the middle of nowhere?" For me, the question was always - What couldn't you do?