Sunday, February 26, 2012

Pretty good process video

Here is another fellow making a guitar.  I like the shaved-stick quality of the neck, as well as the "microphone" pick-up.  Maybe this will be a new exploration for me.  In the mean time, the video is worth the 9 minutes.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Punch Tenor (IW#38)

Well, this is my favorite one yet.  You know how some times you make something and step back and think "well, that is pretty darn good?" This is one of those.  Also this is the first successful fret job I have done, which actually makes it easier to play.  This has become my go-to instrument, lately.  Fun to play, and it has a nice mellow sound.  Not very loud, but sitting in my chair in the living room and noodling around on this thing is a real pleasure.

It also has a couple of fun details, like the fork tailpiece, which I have done a couple of times and think looks really cool.  I strung it with banjo strings because they have a loop in the end which I can put on the fork tine.  Also nice is that the sound hole is cut where the logo was on the box top means that the word "Punch" is situated really nicely.  This is my first bolt-on neck, which I think I will eschew in the future, but other than that it is a really nice playable instrument.  And the frets, though fussy, have proven to not be insurmountable.  So maybe I will do some more of them.

Here is what she sounds like:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


There is this great community center here called 601 Tully that is a combination gallery/cafe/meeting space/classroom.  It is pretty remarkable and has been created out of the ether in a building that was to be demolished by a pretty remarkable person named Marion Wilson.  One of my furniture design classes helped out a little with the cafe area, which is how I got to know her and the project.

Among the things that are part of the programming is the possibility for artist residencies, and Marion asked me if SCFOIW would be interested in doing one.  The answer, of course, was "yes!"  I started to move in yesterday, and am hoping to begin working there next week.  Part of my time will be spent making a part of the building "playable" using found objects, and I am really excited to get to work on it.  This will be the biggest cigar box banjo yet!  The culmination will be a recording of a group of people playing the building, and the installation/intervention that I make there will be a permanent part of the collection of the gallery.

I moved my back-up bench into the space and was asked to put up a poster that described what I do, which looks like this:

Looking forward to getting started!