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eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 11, 2013 - 11:06am PT
Here are custom built (by the one and only) bridge gluing clamps.

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eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 11, 2013 - 11:09am PT
Happy crazy man with BITCHEN ClassiCool in:

Amazon rosewood
European spruce
Macassar ebony trim
Driver's side sound port
Slotted peghead in Brazilian rosewood heartwood
Abalone "B" logo (I'll take credit for that, too, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!)


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HA. . . and one of my handmade flannel polishing cloths, too!

:-)

Thanks for indulging me, dadz.

Once a guitar pimp, ALWAYS A GUITAR PIMP!

Blanchard's is a rare and precious gift that runs deeper than just Silent Partners and monomaniacal big wall solos!

OXOXOXOX
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Dec 11, 2013 - 11:17am PT
Wow that is a beautiful guitar!

And the elusive Blanchard, too. What a morning. Don't believe you've ever posted a mug shot before eKat.

DMT
this just in

climber
north fork
Dec 11, 2013 - 11:19am PT
That's awesome ekat, thanks.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 11, 2013 - 11:40am PT
Thanks, dadz!

DMT. . . first mugshot? Maybe. . .hmmmmmmmm.

Thought provoking.

Here's a shot that didn't really fit in that series. . . but it shows just how invasive this process is. . . I mean. . .
here's the LAST day of construction and he's STILL HAMMERING ON THAT POOR THING!

DAMN!

There are SO many ways to f*#k up a guitar while you're building it. And. . . let me tell you. . .
Blanchard Guitars produces NO 2nds!

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A N D . . . for the record, this was Blanchard's first foray into the joys of designing and executing "Laskin"
body bevels. He spent hours, 10 years ago, with Grit, listening to how he does them but there was no hands on, just yammer.

SOOOOO. . . this summer, he set forth to see if he remembered what he was told.

I'd say he gets an A!

OXOXOXOXOXO

Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Dec 11, 2013 - 11:41am PT
Never seen him before. I actively wondered if he even existed!

Or if you kept him in a Gimp Box or something you wicked wicked lady.

DMT
steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Dec 11, 2013 - 11:49am PT
Ekat,

That was amazing!

Mr. Blanchard is a lucky man, who is passionate in his work!
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 11, 2013 - 12:02pm PT
Thanks, SteveA. . . Blanchard is a lucky guy. . . his skills are off the charts. When we used to give shop tours, people would stand in awe of his handbuilt tools, alone. . . not to mention his instruments.

Interestingly, the biggest mistake he ever made was building #1 for me as a surprize Christmas gift, almost 20 years ago.

It blew my mind.

It made me cry! It was 6 months before I could play it and sing at the same time without whimpering like a little girl.

He voiced it to compliment my voice, which is sorta big and deep and most guitars get lost behind it. So. . . for the first time in my long, drawn out musical career, I could actually HEAR the guitar. It made me cry!

Nonetheless, after the initial shock of having a handbuilt guitar, I pointed out at the shop and told him to go build another one. . . and he did. . . it took 7 months (we both had full time jobs) and when that (his first steel string) was done I sat him down and told him we needed to do something SERIOUS about it.

I mean. . . that dad didn't need to wake up one day, at 65, wishin' he'd been a guitar builder.

SOOOOOO. . . we wrote a 4 year master plan and got our ducks in a row. . . and in 3.5 years, we held hands, jumped off the cliff, quit jobs and promised each other that even if we couldn't afford the fuel to heat the water, we'd eat raw TopRamen for a DECADE to make it work!

HA!

I'm proud to report the only time we ate raw TopRamen was in the backcountry where it belongs!

:-)

The rest is history!

ox
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 11, 2013 - 12:08pm PT
Never seen him before. I actively wondered if he even existed!

Or if you kept him in a Gimp Box or something you wicked wicked lady.

DMT

HA!

I've told him that I need a "WindUpBlanchard" to keep out in the shop, now that he lives 1400 miles away!

:-)
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 11, 2013 - 12:17pm PT

DIGGING these guitar posts! Thanks!

Thanks. . . and you're welcome.

:-)
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 11, 2013 - 12:21pm PT
Here's the one that started it all:

Katrianna
Blanchard Guitar #1
Guatemalan rosewood
German spruce
Imported floral Russian rosette and matching tie block (because I love flowers)
Stevensonii rosewood appointments
Curly hard rock maple bindings (because it matched my hair - that was worth a good month's worth of tears)

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Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Dec 11, 2013 - 01:39pm PT
Thanks for sharing, eKat! If the work is a reflection of the craftsman (and it definitely is!) then the artist and inspiration are beautiful souls.

I've been cutting parts for a cherry bed which will be the second project out of my new shop space; the first was my Secret Santa offering. It felt good to sign it "Loran Smith, Boulder CO 2013."

I still need to replace some machines that I didn't want to cart cross country, namely a 24" planer, a shaper with power feed, and a lathe, but I will pick those up as I need them. For now, the shop is adequately equipped (and heated!) and ready for business.

The poser at work.
The poser at work.
Credit: Edge

My little corner of the whirled.
My little corner of the whirled.
Credit: Edge

Not my table saw, but making it do. The jointer is mine, no one seems ...
Not my table saw, but making it do. The jointer is mine, no one seems to use them around here. Odd.
Credit: Edge
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 11, 2013 - 01:49pm PT
The jointer is mine, no one seems to use them around here. Odd.

That isn't odd, it's cave! How does one do anything other than rough
carpentry without a jointer?

Oh, BTW, you need to upsize yer 'boombox'. ;-)
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 11, 2013 - 01:52pm PT
Not my table saw, but making it do

That's what separates the craftspeople from us carpenters.

I drool over that setup, the fence is really nice.

You're all 'Meh, mines much better'. Or so I presume.

Glad that the shop is coming right along!
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Dec 11, 2013 - 01:59pm PT
Your shop looks great, edge. Is that the new digs or old?
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Dec 11, 2013 - 02:00pm PT
That isn't odd, it's cave! How does one do anything other than rough
carpentry without a jointer?

I've seen at least 3 shops that just use a track saw and don't even have a jointer. Sure they have their place and I will probably pick one up for other uses, but it makes no sense to me. Nothing beats the jointer for its intended job, except maybe my 24" Stanley Bailey plane; that leaves an almost mirror surface.

Brandon, yes, mine is better.

Dad, is this a good time to get a few laps in?
Dad, is this a good time to get a few laps in?
Credit: Edge

Dingus, the first pics are of my new space. The last pic was of my previous shop of 19 years which was featured in a book titled "The Workshop" put out by the publishers of Fine Woodworking & Fine Homebuilding magazines. It was a perfect one man shop, but I had to move on. One step forward, two steps backwards, at least shop-wise.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 11, 2013 - 02:06pm PT
Brandon, save yer pennies...

Credit: Reilly






Sadly, I sold it when I downsized. I'm back to my old Unisaw which gets
the job done, more or less. ;-)
steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Dec 11, 2013 - 02:08pm PT
Hey Edge,

Come back here and kick me in the butt to get my shop in order.

I need to get rid of my junk so I have room to work, but I know from your pictures that I'll never be as organized as you!

Best, Steve
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 11, 2013 - 02:08pm PT
Holy crap, do you need to take a clinic just to learn how to use that beautiful machine?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 11, 2013 - 02:11pm PT
Actually, yes, for a retard like me it took about half a day but that was
included with the installation/setup. Nothing like being able to rip 6
sheets of plywood at once, eh?

The new ones have a touch-screen, of course!
The new ones have a touch-screen, of course!
Credit: Reilly

The buttons on the upper right are for the electrically adjusted scoring blades.


edit:
Brandon, the Martin controls the fences, blade height, etc. to .1mm!
Also, when you bevel the blade you tell it the thickness of material you
are cutting and it compensates for the fences. Yes, the crosscut fence
was electric, also.

Nothing like a Martin...
Credit: Reilly



But then there's nothing like having real skills like Edge and that guitar-maker.
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