The first guitar was completed weekends while working at Gallagher Guitar Co 2006 and 2007. It was the culmination of the past six years of college, work and the superfluous, self reflective cocktail of yoga, meditation and youthfully ignorant enlightenment. The guitar was ok. I didn't know crap. In addition to fundraising, those are the things that passed through my mind as I balanced the completed guitar no. 2 on its side, freeing myself to grab some French polishing supplies.
When I was about 10 or 11 years old much of my free time was spent exploring the imaginitive opportunities provided by my family farm. One particular day I went I bit too far and broke some safety glass out of an old Volvo. At this point in my life it had beome a permanent fixture, albeit gradually melting, season after season, into the pasture's grass . Unfortunately, that car wasn't mine to destroy.
Here are some pictures of a recent project I just completed in which I stripped the lacquer off a 1980 Kohno and refinished the gutiar with a French Polish of Shellac. The original lacquer had yellowed quite a bit and apparently the wood underneath was quite beautiful.
Given the new restrictions recently placed on the trade of all wood in the Dalbergia genus, I think that the use of Osage Orange tonewood is long overdue. Back when I worked at Gallagher Guitar Co. I was handling set after set of Indian and Brazilian Rosewood. At that time, most of my experience with Osange Orange was in the form of firewood, but the resulting high pitch "ping" that occurred upon my dropping of a log on a concrete floor began my curiosity over its similarities to Brazilian, Cocobolo, Honduran and the other rosewoods we use for building guitars. As far back as 10 years ago I began to see myself introducing this wood into the tonewood market as a luthier and I am just now realizing that dream.