Saturday, November 23, 2013
There's a quality of mechanized precision to most of the commercially available rosettes that I think is at odds with a handmade aesthetic. I like the little irregularities this process imparts. They're not jarring, but they do add a floating quality, and visual movement. It takes quite a while to make one of these things, but there's a kind of novelty to the process. It's contemplative. In the example on the right in red cedar, I decreased the size of the border and flip-flopped the border tile (made from the exact same veneer lamination), and it creates a significant contrast. I thought the larger field of pearwood might echo the color of the cedar in a pleasant way.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
For the last couple of weeks I've been busy preparing a small storefront to act as an office/meeting place to establish a more visible profile in the Hamilton music community. Recently, we were able to find a place in a nursing home for my mother and I've regained some freedom to pursue my creative endeavors.
Currently, I have classical and flamenco guitars on the go, and I'll document them when they're closer to completion. I realized recently that I have very few photos of finished instruments on here. I hope to redesign woodfordinstruments.com and turn it into a profile and presentation page which will maintain a link to this blog. If you have this page bookmarked, you might be redirected.
It's a busy time. I apologize if I haven't responded to your comments recently -I haven't been checking in with much regularity. You can always reach me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.