Monday, 7 October 2013

Steel Guitars.


Our son who turned 17 a few months ago has been spending his time building steel guitars. This one is based on a Fender Jaguar.


 This shot is of the back of the guitar - James uses stainless steel perforated sheet to save weight, as a style feature and also for some reason that is unknown the guitars always seem to sound better with a perforated back plate

TIG welded all the seams  give a neat smooth weld 

 He likes to use 3 mm steel plate for the front of his guitars and prefers old steel that has been weathered and has a few pits and marks as this gives the guitar character


Little quirkes include a 5 point star used as a washer under the neck retaining screws. These are cut from stainless steel and retain the heat discolouration from the cutting process as part of the theme


We are a homeschooling family. coming to the end of our journey we followed Charlotte Mason Principals when the children were young and unschooled through the teens - moving to The Correspondence School to gain  NZ qualifications.

Being a family who have limited TV. computer and xbox has encouraged the kids to be independent thinkers.

Independent thinkers are those who have learned how to use down-time. Bored stiff, one child asks another, “What-a you wanna do?”
     “I dunno. What-a you wanna do?” is the lackadaisical reply. The independent thinker comes up with something. The imaginative person does not necessarily have his head in the clouds. On the contrary he creates, invents, discovers, and builds, because he is an observant person. 


The first ever international Goblin Guitar is on it's way to the USA - to be played by The Blog Tech at October Farm.

We are very proud of James and his steel guitars

Linking up to Mosaic Monday

24 comments:

  1. and we can't wait for it to arrive! james is just so impressive! and talented. i really think if i could do it all over again i would home school too. and have far less electronics.

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    1. Joyce I was so very proud yesterday walking into Post office with him to post it. A man walked past and asked him if he was posting another guitar off. SMILE Felt weird that someone knew of him and his projects. Homeschooling hasn't always been an easy road but I am pleased we did.
      Love Leanne

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  2. Congrats to James - how enterprising to create an export business at such a young age!
    Our country needs more independent thinkers just like James!
    Such beautiful looking instruments - there should be endless opportunities here.
    have a happy week Leeane.
    hugs
    Shane

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    1. Hi Shane - thanks soo much for such encouraging words to James. We have encouraged both our kids to think for themselves and question everything something I feel going to school can squash. It really is soo wonderful seeing all the hard work of homeschooling pay off. Love leanne

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  3. Hi Leanne,

    So nice to meet you! Wow! Talented and an entrepreneur, to boot! Kudos to James!

    Poppy

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    1. Hi Poppy nice to meet you too! James plays the guitar by ear he has been playing some mice stuff down in the barn - I'll try and get a video this week of his latest.
      Love Leanne

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  4. Your son is very talented to build guitars as he is. Good luck to him for a prosperous business.

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    1. Thank you - he also can at time forget to do his chores as busy sneaking off to the barn to make guitars SMILE. I don't mind too much I could think of worse things he could be doing.
      Love leanne

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  5. You should be very proud Leanne! Love seeing how creative and skilled he is!

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    1. Thank you! - I'll try and get a video of him playing a guitar this week. He has been helping a lot with the cattery so we brought him a new guitar pedal gadget (I am not musical at all) that he really wanted - he is putting out some nice sounds.
      Love Leanne

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  6. What a nice story, you should be very proud of your son. He sounds very talented. I wish him all the best with his guitars and business. Have a happy week!

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    1. Thanks Eileen, he has another guitar in a local shop for sale and the shop owner said it is causing a lot of attention and been played a lot SMILE.
      Love Leanne

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  7. How creative is that?! No wonder you are proud.

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    1. Hi Vee nice to meet you - yep pretty awesome aye - Brent and I just looked at each other when he said he was going to try and make a steel guitar. Brent has plenty of steel off cuts so off he went.
      Love Leanne

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  8. This is a very exciting time for James.......& a proud one for the parents!

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  9. James I know nothing about such things but your workmanship looks very good to me. We currently have two handmade guitars on display in our tiny gallery, I'll take a photo and send them to you this week.

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    1. Hi Rose - maybe next year James may get to the guitar makers expo - it would be pretty awesome for him (we have close friends in Melbourne he could stay with) There are a few youth grants here in NZ that he might be able to apply for. He has read the comments and mentioned you had some on display and looks forward to seeing them.
      Love Leanne

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  10. Well done James, your so by clever

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    1. Thanks Angela - he's turned out pretty good aye SMILE. (he doesn't get his art or music talent from me at all)
      Love Leanne

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  11. That is awesome! What a wonderful way to spend his time....creating something that will last and be enjoyed, too! I know you are very proud of him....tell him I am, too! (I raised 4 sons so I know a lot about boys growing up!)

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    1. Thank you! I read once when raising boys keep them busy and a bit hungry. I never tried to keep him hungry he just always was even with a full cooked lunch he was always hungry. I could never fill him up. I bet your food budget was huge with 4 boys.
      Love Leanne

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  12. Amazing guitars! He should have a wonderful future career ahead for him.

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    1. Thanks who knows where it its going to lead for him... He has the look too - long hair SMILE.
      Love Leanne

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