Skip to main content

Indian Peaks Wilderness Area-My Backyard

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.

John Muir



My wife and I got to the St. Vrain Mountain trailhead at 8am yesterday morning so we could hike up to the saddle between Meadow Mountain and St. Vrain Mountain. The trailhead is four miles from our house by road, three miles as the crow flies. It took us about 2 hours to reach the saddle, here is the view. We're about 11,300 feet in elevation at this point. Mt. Audubon is 13,223 feet tall.



This is the view that you get to see when I'm not in the way: Mount Audubon, the biggest mountain in the center of the photo. Moving right is Paiute Peak, then Sawtooth Mountain. I've lived and worked in some gorgeous places-Montana, Utah, Arizona, Yosemite National Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, but I have to tell you, this view beats all.



On the way back down the hill, about a mile from the trailhead we almost ran into this young bull moose. He was less than 30 feet from us. He was a little shy to have is photo taken, I don't blame him for wanting to stay put.

Today was a day for errands-laundry, groceries, the hardware store, working on this blog posting-now that all that is done I'll do something fun, like fly fishing for greenback cutthroat trout in the Roaring River at Rocky Mountain National Park. Should be a good afternoon!

Comments

  1. Stunning territory, Wilson. I bet the air up there is good. Trusting your afternoon went well!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Nice to see folks living well and enjoying the bounties of this great planet.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

How to Make a Traditional Froe Mallet

What holds the Holy of the Holies, what did Brahma become? Wood. Why will aspen always tremble? For the nails driven into the cross. What makes the color of wood? The soil it tastes. Cradle, fiddle, coffin, bed: wood is a column of earth made ambitious by light, and made of beauty by the rain.

Kim R. Stafford, Having Everything Right, 1986.

Rive, verb, to split
Shake, noun, a split in a piece wood. (Heart shake, ring shake)
Shake, verb, (Middle English), to split.

I know I should have been in the studio working on my back log of guitars, but the day was so nice and warm with a tall blue canopy, I couldn't stay inside. I decided that I needed to make a proper froe mallet. This style of mallet is traditional to northeastern California, primarily Tehama (where I'm from), Butte, Shasta and Plumas counties where making shingles by hand from sugar pines was an industry. I don't know if it was used in any other region along the Pacific Rim, other parts of the United States or even o…

Basic Hand Tool Kit for Making a Classical Guitar, Revised

Ours is really a simple craft.

James Krenov, The Impractical Cabinetmaker, 1979


So, you want to build a guitar.

Since the original post, Basic Hand Tool Kit for Guitar Making, click here to see it, is the most popular post on this blog, I thought I would revisit it and adjust it to what I am using now to make a classical guitar.

The first thing I recommend doing is to buy or borrow copies of the following books:

Guitar Making: Tradition and Technology, by William Cumpiano and Jonathan Natelson
Making Master Guitars, by Roy Courtnall
The Guitar Maker's Workshop, by Rik Middleton

These are required reading before you begin making a guitar.

Also required reading are these books by Roy Underhill:

The Woodwright's Shop
The Woodwright's Companion
The Woodwright's Workbench
The Woodwright's Apprentice


Why these books by Mr. Underhill? You will learn valuable wood working techniques if you make any of his projects. The dovetail joints used to join a drawer together are far mor…

The Guitar's Scale Length, Your Hand Size and a Chart

I will cite the case of a marvelous concert player, a Japanese lady who is barely 5 ft. tall and with hands that are real miniatures. She plays a 664 mm 10 string guitar and demanded that I build this guitar with an action 1 mm higher than normal, which she handles with incredible ease. This is serious study!


Jose Ramirez III, Things About the Guitar, 1990




Here is the hand size and scale length that I found on the forum at delcamp.com.

Thumb tip to pinky tip span of 250+ 664mm scale length
Thumb tip to pinky tip span of 230 to 250 656mm scale length
Thumb tip to pinky tip span of 210 to 230 650mm scale length
Thumb tip to pinky tip span of 190 to 210 640mm scale length
Thumb tip to pinky tip span of 170 to 190 630mm scale length
Thumb tip to pinky tip span of below 170 615mm scale length



Here is my flexible imperial/metric ruler.




Here is my hand properly placed on the flexible imperial/metric ruler.




Today my reach from little finger to thumb is 240mm. I should more or less be playing a…