Tally Ho!

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The little garden of new practices I planted here at Rosewood has begun to bear fruit. The mechanics of how I organize my business are oiled, move along smoothly, and with purpose. It feels great. I’m looking forward to this next year of business and what else comes.

Thanks, all! I appreciate the business, patience, and patronage.

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.

Old banjos, New tools.

Most of my tools are hand tools. They work quietly, patiently, and very well when I’m present with them. They make my job pleasant. Occasionally, though, it’s so satisfying to ride the drone of the router with some Massive Attack clipping along in the background. #massiveattack #handtool #powertool#braintool

The Blessings of a Public Workshop

I meet a lot of people in my little shop in Canal Park. It’s been a real joy to connect with so many. Occasionally, I meet a family who comes in together and we share a little time. Somedays, like today, I get to meet a family who show up for one another in a beautiful way. There is a sense of support, interest, and togetherness that goes along with them that pulls the joyful kind of tears. I love seeing that. Kudos, family.

 

I never met a new guitar I liked as much as an old one.

It’s true. I love old guitars. Anything before 1920 catches my eye, and my ear. I’ve been fortunate to have had many opportunities to restore these old parlor guitars from yesteryear for my clients at Rosewood. The oldest ones I’ve brought back to life hail from the 1850’s. Today I spent some quality time with my own instrument. It’s needed some tuning up and fretwork for a while now, but I never seem to get enough time to fix up my own guitars. Today, I made the time because I’ve been craving the sweet voice of this 1880’s Lyon and Healy Lakeside. It was worth it!

Keep Moving!

Digging into an old project today. Making sense of curves and straight lines and how they influence one another. Limits, expansion, growth. 

Home, Work.

Glad to be back from an adventure out among the ancient trees along the Western Coast. I’ll be bringing that wild, old wisdom into all that I do here at Rosewood.

Thanks all for the opportunity.

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