First You Cut Down A Tree

posted Jan 6, 2012, 6:37 PM by Hiram Philo   [ updated Mar 24, 2012, 5:50 PM ]
This should be an interesting project to follow.  In July this summer my cousin David Walker cut down a Western Red Cedar that we picked out.  This tree, which you are going to watch become a guitar over the next year, is still standing in the background of this picture.

My plan is to return the guitar to the setting where it's wood was harvested, Shadow Valley, in the mountains near Clark Fork, Idaho.  This is where a family camp owned by my Walker cousins has an annual gathering for work, play, prayer, fellowship and music.  My wife, Jolene, took the pictures above and below capturing logging crew moments.  I plan to throw in some photos from the camp over the next year as I show the guitar's progress.

This picture brings you up to date on this guitar's progress.  How does it look?  The wood is cured and ready for someone to start cutting it up.  You might note the wood, on the right, which I brought back with the cedar.  My uncle Harold looked at this picture and suggested that it is probably cherry. I hope to incorporate it in the guitar some how.  I had some kind of dark hard wood which my cousin Dave picked out and cut for me.  I left it too close to the firewood pile.  So I'll have to forget about it.

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