Guitar 58 “We Are Family”

    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.