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. 

“You rush a miracle worker, you get lousy miracles!” – Dresden

Summer in Canal and all is well. I’m working hard to find ways to focus on what’s essential here at Rosewood. I strive for efficiency, and after nearly 14 years in business, I’m beginning to be able to identify the things in my business that are vital.

  • Quality Workmanship
  • Courtesy
  • Record Keeping
  • Knowledge
  • Dedicated Labor

I’ve never been able to work as quickly as many of my clients would like. I am trying to address that issue. Not so much by working faster, but by eliminating some of the unnecessary aspects of my day to day operation.

This kind of work will always take a slower path, though, and it’s worth giving it the time it deserves.

Thank you, personally, if you’ve ever taken it upon yourself to give me a little extra patience. It does the whole world a lot of good, I think.

O My!

New bandsaw blade, new belt sander belt, new vacuum cleaner filter! Feels good.

Sick Day

It’s Wednesday, 16 March. I’ll be staying in bed today to hopefully sleep away this cold. Be back in the shop as soon as I can.