August 24, 2014

From Beth

Yesterday morning I completed some acorn newel tops I am doing for a job. I treated myself by going to New Alexandria Pennsylvania to the Cigar Box Guitar Museum, also known as Speal’s Tavern. I had read about it while doing instrument research. I looked at all the guitars and then had a delicious early dinner. It seemed like a familiar place to me, like something from my small home town of Springville New York. I had a wonderful chat with the owner Dan. I will make many more visits there before I leave here in December. For those of you who do not know, cigar boxes have been used to make instruments since they landed on our shores. They are made of thin Mahogany wrapped in paper,photo 1 copy photo 1 photo 2 photo 3 copy photo 3 photo 4 copy photo 4 photo 5 copy photo 5 allowing them to have great acoustic sound. Many early blues players used them because it is all that was available to them. Some are simple and some are very complex. I am interested in the recycling aspect of using them. Here are some pictures.

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