|IW#054 Mountain Slide|
|IW #055 Mountain Tenor|
I wrote here and here about a project that I have been working on with Washington, D.C.-based company Dance Exchange. Part of this project entailed taking parts off of a piano made by the William Gaehle company, which was active in Baltimore in the early to mid 19th century.
For this show, the cast and the choreographer and I wrote several songs, which in rehearsal I had been accompanying on instruments that I had already made (the very first slide I had ever made and the Pete Seeger Tenor). It was important to me that I make the instruments that I play in the show out of this old piano we had. I also play the piano in the show, playing the strings themselves with mallets at one point, with a pick and a slide at another point, and then going nuts on them with shotgun shells on my fingers, which is a trick I learned from a washboard player Newman Baker, who is the hottest damn washboard player I have ever sat in front of. He plays with the Ebony Hillbillies, and if you are within a hundred miles of New York City and you don't go see them, that's your own fault. They are cookin'.
|The box for this one is the same size as IW#001|
The tops are spruce that came from an abandoned building here in town that got gutted, so the tenor has a couple of oxidized nail holes that look pretty great I think. The spruce is a great tone-wood, and I braced them with maple. Not sure if it is the maple bracing or what but these puppies both have a LOT of sustain, which is quite lovely. As you can see in the video, they are both "stick-through" style.
|You can see the nail holes toward the top of the guitar body.|
Here is a little process video. The background music is made on the tenor, and it is one of the songs we wrote for the show.