October 17, 2017 – Floating Strings
A most fantastic exhibit opened just last weekend at the Museum Of Making Music in Carlsbad, CA. This is a must see for all lovers of the Harp Guitar. Curator Gregg Miner of The Miner Museum of Vintage, Exotic & Just Plain Unusual Musical Instruments proves himself a tireless scholar & collector with an attention to detail that is second to none. I had the privilege of restoring several of the pieces in this exhibit.
October 1, 2017 – Littleflower Guitarworks Has Moved!
After a year of having my shop in the historic Fortney Hotel in Viroqua, Wisconsin, in what used to be the dining room back in the 1920’s, I have relocated to the Seldom Seen Farm in Seneca. Many of you know this as the homestead of Ben Logan, who wrote, among other wonderful books, “The Land Remembers”. While cleaning out the basement, I discovered what used to be Ben’s workshop. His bench, cabinets, and tools still functional, I am now repairing instruments on his bench! The energy is fantastic and I feel very inspired here. It is a similar feeling to when I worked at Retrofret in NY and worked at Steve Uhrik’s bench, with his tools. To this day, I tell people that Steve has the best fret hammer!
January 11, 2018 – George Washburn Lyre-Guitar, ca. 1895
I recently finished restoring this George Washburn Lyre-Guitar. The work included: multiple top and side cracks, a wicked fracture which smashed in the side and pushed and split the top upwards, split X-brace, interior mold, a missing chunk of brazilian rosewood on one of the upper “arms”, poorly oversprayed lacquer with orange peel on the top, an overall cloudy patina on the original french polish, a scale length that was off by 1/4″, and a missing nut. The work was slow and steady, but I was able to accomplish the restoration, and in the end, have the instrument playing perfectly in tune, all the way up the neck. I didn’t want to give this one back!
July 23, 2018 – Red Clover Blossom Harvest
Life cannot be only about guitars! Summer time is upon us and there are medicinal herbs growing everywhere out here. This year my son and I gathered enough red clover to make tea for the whole year! Why red clover tea? Red clover blossom tea has been enjoyed for hundreds of years for its delicious taste, as well as its anti-cancer effect.