Some Information and a Request

I have been blessed by a community of musicians who have supported me and my business for the past 14 years. It’s been a real dream, and a lot of very hard work. There are a few aspects to my work life I’d like to share, because my little business is more than just fixing up old guitars.

  • In contrast to many jobs these days, my job requires me to slow down.
  • This work often has its own pace and rushing it spoils it.
  • My stacks of work to be completed are upwards of 75 instruments at all times of the year: I don’t have a slow time.
  • My job is not only repair and restoration of musical instruments.
    • I also:
      • Maintain a public space
      • Keep detailed records
      • Make time to be present with the people who come to my shop
      • Take breaks
      • Work on improving my business plans
      • Meet with Dealers and Representatives
      • Teach music lessons
      • Keep up an online presence

All of this is to say, I am busy, and I love it. I take this job, and the trust of my clients seriously. I have pride in the work I spend my time on. And, there is only one of me.

My wait times can be long, but are worth it. I can make time for rush jobs when needed. If a job needs to be done with a strict deadline, this needs to be discussed up front, before work has begun. It so happens that it is very difficult for me to do my best work on a job if I feel the client is pushing me forward.

My request:

For anyone choosing to bring me work, I ask for patience as it is the best nutrient I know of for skillfully accomplishing goals.

New Life!

Had a visit from these proud parents showing off their new daughter. Connor and Abby, masterminds behind the Amazing Grace Cafe, and Zelda.

Labors of Love

Labors of Love

Though I’m technically still on vacation, I had need to roll a new head on a drum. Today seemed like the perfect day to do it.

I got this doumbek years ago and it’s been collecting dust all the while. An upcoming project calls for some drumming, and I was glad to recall it sitting in a forgotten corner of my shop.

Here I am soaking the goatskin that will be the new head.

Here are the brass tensioning hoops and the flesh ring.

This is a common setup for a drumhead, and also for banjos. I’ve done reheads of this sort many times, and it’s almost always a pleasure. The trickiest part is usually in picking the right skin to use for an instrument. I save all of my thinnest skins for banjos, as their tension hoop/flesh ring tolerance is the smallest. (And there are few things more frustrating than trying to make a head go on when the skin is too thick.)

I was able to use one of my thicker skins for this project and it went on easily.

The above photo is just before the excess skin is drawn up through the top brass hoop.

And here it is trimmed and ready to dry overnight.

One last picture from inside looking up at the underside of the head.

Autumnal Adventure

At the close of a bustling summer in Canal Park, I will take a short trip to rejuvenate before the turn of the season is complete. The shop will be closed 9/13/16 through the 9/19/16. I will be back in business for regular hours on Tuesday, 9/20/16.

For the interested, I will be pedaling my bicycle along the Root River in South Eastern MN for a while. Wish me well, and stay tuned for some photographic evidence.

Thanks, all!

Off With Their Heads!

Taking necks off of two guitars today. A 1970’s Martin 12 string and a 1900 Washburn parlor guitar. Good day at work.