so my wordpress app has been real twitchy for the last many months. I am going to try to start up again here. With some random pics:
I have been traveling quite a bit this winter. But mostly Midwestern gigs. It has been one heck of a winter. But I’m glad that it is over.
I decided to participate in the small business Saturday 2014. What I did was order another guitar from my good buddy Mike Callahan. I have been playing my personal tri cone quite a bit this Fall. I have also been writing a lot of music on it again. It is an instrument that I do not want to drill holes in to install a pick up nor do I really want to perform with it. I like to use it to record with, and just enjoy.
I’ve always wanted to try to take a tri-cone on stage to perform with. In the past Callahan wasn’t going to attempt something like this. However his confidence and skill have now moved in the direction where this is not a problem the build.
I wanted to have a very old worn out look to this guitar without having to actually relic it. And so we did a search to try to find some reclaimed wood that could be used to build a guitar with and maintain a Weathered look. I also decided to go with the wood body tri cone rather than metal because I think it may be a warmer, more unique sound.
The problem with national guitars is that they are so precise and so well built that they all plsound very much alike. If you go to a blues festival and walk down the street where there are several stages with performing musicians all using nationals, they all have the same guitar sound. Which was why I originally went with the spider cone wood body resonator that callahan made for me earlier this year.
I wanted something that would set me apart from all the others. I also wanted a unique sound. I am hoping that we can come up with a very unique design for this guitar as well as a very strong tri-cone sound.
We found some some maple that came from a woodworkers estate sale. So this would was milled a very long time ago and as with the tree that was cut. The effect that is occurred is called spalting which creates what appears to be black ink wine in the Woodgrain, it actually is a disease tree. This will be for the top of the guitar.
The back and sides are Cuban mahogany that was found and reclaimed from probably a table that was salvaged during hurricane Rita. The great thing about this unique wood was that there was scarring that’s because of the bookmatch creates the illusion of a elephant or Willy mammoth face. If you look really carefully the two dark girls appear to be the eyes of the animal staring at you. so we are going to call this guitar either the woolly mammoth for the mastodon.
This is a photograph of my good friend Ryan Fielding’s grandfather. He owns/operates #paragoncustoms of Sauk City Wisconsin. Which is a shop that does all kinds of metal fabricating, custom car, motorcycle work and you name it. Ryan actually built the cover plate for my resonator guitar made my my good buddy Mike Callahan of #callahanguitars.
His grandfather was a lot my my grandfather. His grandfather was someone who did what he loved to do. And his life revolved around just that. Besides raising a family, Ryan’s grandfather built custom cars custom motorcycles, raced motorcycles, he was a stunt driver all kinds of really cool stuff! This man truly did live free.
And from my understanding he also understood the meaning of good work. Which is also a seldom discussed topic. What is the meaning of our current world of bottom-line, production efficiency, cheap labor and high profit margin for the man? Money… Bah
Anyway as I’ve been driving through the woods here and seeing beautiful things and appreciating the simple pleasures of life good oxygen, beautiful countryside and solitude. I have now broken down and got myself a very good breakfast so that I can have a little bit of some protein. And every bite of this breakfast has been amazing.
When I’m on the road I don’t eat out much because I simply can’t afford it. I don’t get hotels, and stay away from the mall. In any kind of situation stay away from the mall!
But doing this kind of thing I really learned to appreciate a nice breakfast, especially when he been eating canned tuna and peanut butter jelly nuts every day.
It is a great test of endurance, strength and it is a wonderful reminder of what was reality and Israel is a lot of folks. Once again this makes me very grateful for the wonderful life that I have. And I think often of people that lived in the past that had much less than what we have today, and were fine with that.
They really didn’t need air-conditioning, or Posturepedic mattresses, or specially designed the showerhead that will give you the most amazing experience while cleansing yourself. This kind of stuff wasn’t even an option.
Maybe another one of the problems is that we have too many options. Or too many distractions from what is really the problem.