We Are Family
I met Lawrence at the Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp. He wanted a guitar that he could pass on to his son and grandson, who are both guitar players. I guess all the instruments I make can be family heirlooms, but I’d never had a commission that was specifically for that purpose. It’s nice to think that long after I am gone, Lawrence’s grandson will be playing this guitar.
The top is Sitka spruce, the back and sides are curly African walnut, and the binding is curly maple.
Years ago I got several sets of this African walnut, also known as Etimoe, from another luthier. It’s very beautiful. The density is about the same as American walnut, and it made a very nice sounding flatpicking guitar.
The inlay says it all. Lawrence also wanted a campfire on the left and a salmon on the right.
The rosette is a simple abalone ring.