BloGMostly daily photo updates of goings-on at the shop. Sometimes a surprise.
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Closing down my shop in Canal is emotionally full. I’ve learned a lot about feeling in the past decade and I’ve come to really value the wide and wondrous spectrum of human experience. Here’s a photo of my mom back when she was still living, out and about. She stopped into the shop to visit. I miss her a lot and I have a nest of gratitude inside me for the support she offered my 24 year old self as I made the choice to open up a guitar shop for myself. Just look where it’s taken me.
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Dialing in the banjo dowel reset today. It took me years to develop a predictable and efficient method to do this type of job, but it’s been well worth it. There are so many amazing #stickbanjos out there from yesteryear just longing to sing again.
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Finally getting to resetting the dowels on a few old banjos that have been around here for a long while. It’s not a super complicated process, but it has to be done precisely right or it’s just wrong. All these old banjos have different structures too and my jigs are not “one size fits all.” Getting ready to clamp up and drill the hole!
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I’ve found a lot of surprises inside instruments over the years. From someone’s stash of cash, to visionary fungi. It’s always fun to see what’s inside. I guess this on is called Hound Dog.
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Likely should have done this years ago, but I finally have a pair of prescription safety glasses. #progressivelenses #protect
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This old tenor banjo is almost ready to play music again. New fingerboard, stick reset, and isn’t it a pretty thing? #workasusual
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I was just a kid when I started up my shop in Canal Park. I was 24 years old and I stepped into a new world when I opened for business. I learned a lot along the way. Some 16 years later and things are moving along. Work is good, but I’m bound for something even better. I recently accepted a job at Bad Axe Tool Works where I’ll be building the world’s finest handsaws for Mr. Mark Harrell. I’ll be closing down my shop in Canal Park in the coming months, but don’t despair! I’ll still be doing instrument restoration and repair out of my home shop. I’ll also finally have time to get to all the custom building projects people keep requesting. @badaxe6 @michael_of_mountains
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