…Amazing honour bestowed upon us!…

Sandy turned up about five weeks ago to tell us he was moving to New Zealand and he had some wood he wanted me to make into a guitar for him before he leaves. He has been on the course twice and then went on to build several more very nice guitars at home for friends and family, so I’m pleased that he wants one of mine. It’s always an honour to make someone a guitar but this one even more so, as he supplied some extra special wood he had collected over the years during his guitar making adventures.

The soundboard is 40,000 years old (!) Ancient NZ Kauri- he explained how trees had fallen into peat bogs and been preserved…just….waiting to be dug up turned into a guitar! It is the only piece I have ever seen, so I will need to be extra careful. It is quite soft and light, like cedar or spruce, but I will be able to tell more when I have worked it some more. It is quartersawn, golden in colour with a faint ripple, has a great ‘tap tone’ and should make a great soundboard. It is a rare priviledge to be making it into a guitar.

The rest of the guitar body is rosewood as supplied by Sandy. The back was not quite wide enough for the shape he wanted (bootlegger) so we decided to make a three piece back. Two glue lines means two centre-seam reinforcement strips as you can see in the picture..

As if that wasn’t enough he also gave me a side-bending jig and a pile of wood that he didn’t want to take with him, so BIG THANKS for that as well!

The ‘box’ is complete and ready for binding and I’ve already started the neck so I think I am over half way there with the wood work- hope you enjoy the pics…