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| OSHAWA FINAL REFLECTIONS
It was close to 3am on the last day
of our month long course that I finished my guitar.
Flight home reservations were 1 o clock that afternoon
but the guitar was strung and playable.
body clock had been programmed for a 30 day sojourn
and despite the incredibly long workday/nites and
precious few sleep hours.. the guitar was complete!
Looking back I remember complete exhaustion.
My body and accompanying faculties were shutting down.
I can remember Sergei and other members of the group
playing the guitar and oddly I was very distant from
the results. What was directly foremost in my mind
was the fact that I got to spend this incredible amount
of time with Sergei and his family; and I was rather
sad that the sessions were ending. Its been over two
years since the Oshawa episodes and back home in my
workshop I continue to make guitars and ukuleles.
I have now made both other latticed braced guitars
and Kasha/Schneider guitars as well as ukuleles. In
fact the norm is to alternate construction of either
modified Kasha/Schneider guitars or modified latticed
braced guitars. Actually I'm also starting a traditional
fan braced classical guitar based on a soundboard
layout by luthier Carlos Caruncho...
Its very late in the evening and I happen to pull
out the lattice braced guitar and play a few notes
and chords and the reason why I continue to make instruments
becomes clear. It never fails to bring a smile to
my lips to hear an instrument that you have lovingly
handcrafted actually respond to your touch and produce
clear and articulate notes. I'll then inspect the
guitar again,checking out the purflin lines and bindings..the
shape and neck contours..the whole nine yards and
yup ...a few synapses fire back twixt one another
and the slight stirrings in my brain confirm that
I am off to the shop in the morning; recharged and
ready to improve upon my work.
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