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The Lutherie Vacation is Over, Back to Work

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

Issac Asimov, Newsweek, January 1980



With 2 mortgages I need to go back to work. I took a seasonal job doing historic preservation work with Boulder County.


Tabor House, Leadville, Colorado

I started this week with Boulder County working on restoring a mule barn that was turned into a milk shed just north of Louisville. Right now, I have 7 windows to restore and I built 3 brand new windows that are copies of originals. Several windows are single light and the others are 2 to 4 light. Since there isn't a shaper with a window sash router bit set in the carpenter shop, I've been cutting the tenons and copes by hand. I impressed the hell out of one of the carpenters when I told him I cut the tenons by hand, he couldn't believe it and thought I had use a table saw to do the work.

Tabor House, Leadville, Colorado

The roof on the barn had collapsed, we are rebuilding pretty much the whole thing by rebuilding the walls and installing new trusses. What remains is being stabilized. I'll try to post some photos of the work we do on the barn if I remember to bring my camera to work.


I will post my lutherie work as I make time on the weekends, most of it will be french polishing the back log of guitars that I have. I plan on making a copy of Torres FE 19 guitar and Ramirez's 10 string guitar.


YouTube of the Week:

Marek Pasieczny: Little Sonata. I will say it over and over again, there are so many wonderful young guitarists in the world today, I can only imagine that this is what the music scene was like in Europe during the Romantic Era. Enjoy!

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  1. Building barns and guitars - that's a rare combination!

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  2. Not bad gig, too bad it's not a timber frame structure! Thanks, Rob.

    And Tico, I've been keeping an eye out for your son at Parks and Open Space, I hope to meet him soon.

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  3. thanks for shearing his LITTLE SONATA do you know his latest JOBURG JAM for 1(7) guitar(s) AMAZING! http://youtu.be/-UR_r1BgCU4

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