It has been a busy summer, but progress has been happening in the shop. Three guitars are racing to the finish line with two of those being ready for final buffing.
The sportsman has just finished getting its clear coat wet sanded and buffed. A real thing of beauty when it's all polished up. Here's a few photos of that process.
Here's a fun little set of photos that show the sportsman getting its authentic Elk antler mountain inlay. The surface detail was then achieved using the old Scrimshaw technique.
Work continues on the Sportsman. The neck has now been carved, armrest bevel added, and all the other little details.
We are approaching the exciting moment when 'neck meets body'. The two separate parts of this guitar are close to making an exciting meeting, the point where I can stand back and take in the design as a whole. Am I nervous? Not really, this guitar has basically designed itself to this point. I will be far more anxious when the clear coats begin to go on. One of the fun features to this guitar is the armrest bevel. I've chosen to take a different approach than guitars in the past. This bevel is referred to as the "Laskin Bevel". Named for its initial designer, Grit Laskin. I'm excited to see how it turns out. Here are some recent shots.
Working on the front and back get ready for body glue up.
This is going to be a really unique design on this guitar. Think craftsman meets hunter at a music festival and you'll understand.
Was able to deliver one last guitar in 2014. With hours to spare Zak was able to bring in the new year on a new axe. Check out the finished shots in the gallery, but enjoy a few pictures from the process below.
Had a great time this past september at the Storyhill Fest where I was able to give away a guitar. Also debuted a few other guitars for players to see.
Check out the Gallery for some of the more recent photo shoots.
The oak leaf guitar is currently having it's clear coat cured, and the Storyhill Guitar is taking shape quite nicely.
Here's a few photos of guitars in the works. Enjoy.
Currently I have 6 guitars being built. Three with binding and detail work happening, and three getting their sides finished and back and sound boards taking shape.
Seeing this is the birth of the new website and my attempt to include all of you into the process of building guitars, I thought I'd start with a video from the past. Of course this video is from my old shop that no longer exists. A newer video documenting my new shop will show up soon.