Other side of the workshop. Pretty much everything is in its place. Yes it is clean, mostly for the picture. Though I do tend to keep things neat and organized. It counter balances the chaos and clutter of my mind. … Continue reading →
Went for some of my shop supplies at my parents place today. This caught my eye and I picked it out of the fire wood. Oak with some beautiful figure. Wish I would have seen the bigger pieces before they made it to the wood pile.
A bit more on guitar stuff… Visited Martin Guitar the other day. I’ve lived about an hour away for almost my whole life, and I finally made it there for a tour. It was impressive. Very automated. I think the … Continue reading →
This weeks bounty… part 2, the rest of the haul. This is the rest of the Martin Guitar wood, plus whatever else was there. Lots of rosewood. May be some guitar size, but a lot of it is smaller. There … Continue reading →
All of a sudden I seem to have a wood storage issue. My new shop area is just being set up.
Last week I regretted not buying some old Martin Guitar wood that I stumbled upon at a workshop clean out. A couple emails over the week and today I got everything except a couple neatly stacked bundles of rosewood which went to a Ukelele maker. I’ll find out who got that shortly.
I just semi split it up. If its all decent, and I think most is, there is enough adirondack spruce for 15-17 full guitar tops. Probably enough mahogany for 5 to 10 backs, maybe some sides. Plenty of rosewood, maybe some guitar size. I’d be set if I wanted to try to make ukeleles or mandolins. Plus a ton of small pieces of rosewood, a bunch of cherry, a bit of curly koa and some random oak.
I think this was a score. I paid a few bucks each for the spruce and mahogany and rounded up to take everything else. Probably helped that the shelf was a complete mess and it was hard to tell what was there. Total cost for all of it would equal about 4 to 5 mid grade book matched spruce tops at current retail prices.
How do things like this fall in my lap? Sometimes I just think about something and it happens. Like the anvil I was given after I thought about trying out blacksmithing for a few months.
All the wood is sitting in the shop acclimating, I was going sticker and weight the guitar size stuff in a built in cabinet. No Idea where I’m going to put the rest, but I have some thoughts. Some of it is warped from poor storage, but I think may be able to be flattened. Any suggestions welcome.
Drove down to NC to visit my best friend and his girl for a few days. Another friend and his wife live about 30 minutes away. Stopped by there for a visit yesterday. He gave me a trunk full of local cedar. Not sure what I’m going to do with it yet. There are some decent size boards in there. He also gave me a couple different cacti pads, one from a big prickly pear. Looking forward to trying to grow those at home.
Had a fantastic pork cheek BBQ sandwich. And local rabbit sausage which I tried unsuccessfully to purchase.
I predict the 8 hour drive home in a couple days will have lower gas mileage but smell pretty good.
Went to a friend’s neighbors today because they were selling the contents of her father’s wood shop. Thought I was in for some cool tools. There were nice tools, but nothing special, and they researched well and prices were a bit high for the things that I didn’t already have.
They had his wood storage room appraised and wanted a few thousand for it, which may have been worth it to someone who builds and sells furniture. But I noticed a shelf off to the side stacked with thin pieces. I asked about it and they said “oh, they came from the Martin Guitar factory”. I guess he knew someone who worked there and they appear to be seconds.
To make my long story short, she had no idea what to ask for them. I’m a horrible shopper and certainly bad at making an offer on something like that. I was a bit overwhelmed. So I only left with a pair of 8.25” x 21.5” spruce top boards and a two pair of sides (not sure on the wood) for a few bucks to take home and research. They may be seconds to Martin, but 75% would probably work for me. There were probably 60 or so spruce tops (8.25” x 21.5”), some full mahogany backs, and a stack of exotics which were a bit narrow at 6” wide x 21.5” long, all about 1/8” thick. Plus tons of random sizes and species.
I feel like a dumb ass right after I left. I emailed to see if I could pick up more next week and to see what she would want for the entire shelf. We will see.