You know more than the devil about what goes on in Heaven, so if you assure me that angels play the guitar then I can die happy.
Andres Segovia, An Autobiography, 1976
What a year! It was great! Not only do I get to live in this wonderful house on these 5 acres at the very base of the Indian Peaks of the Rocky Mountains, but I also had the chance to work at many of the great properties owned by Boulder County Parks and Open Space.
I've also posted more on my blog than ever before and the number of"hits" to my blog is over 62,000, most of those have happened in just the past year! I owe that to Luke Townsley, previous owner of unpluggedshop.com, and I just found out that Luke sold the site to Joseph and Paul Sellers which is maintained by New Legacy Woodworking. I extend a hearty Thank You to Luke for finding my blog in the first place and to New Legacy which continues to post my posts on Unplugged Shop!
I want to thank Leif at the Norse Woodsmith for putting my blog on his aggregator; Terry Kelly of TKelly Furniture for being a good email penpal, he is a great fellow woodworker with higher standards than most; Robin Gates of The Offcut for checking in with me every now and then; but most of all I thank my wife, Amanda, for allowing me (re: putting up with me) to work at guitar making.
2 guitars that are finished and for sale. #5 is in the foreground, it has a Sitka spruce top with black walnut back and sides. #3 is in the background, it has a western red cedar top with black walnut back and sides.
If you have been following my blog you'll remember that I stripped the old varnish off both of these guitars. I built them 10 years ago, it's taken me that long to discover that some varnishes don't work for me, but I know now that French polish is not as hard, or tedious, as many professional wood workers claim.
These guitars have been refinished with shellac by French polishing which has increased the quality and loudness of their sound. As a classical guitar player I would use either one of these guitars in a recital or concert, and not just because I made them! They both possess wonderful singing qualities and pack some punch, both will improve with daily playing.
Another guitar, #6, that is being refinished with French polish, it has a Douglas fir top with Honduran mahogany back and sides. This guitar is based upon a guitar built by Manuel Hernandez y Victoriano Aguado in 1968, it's going to be another wonderful guitar!