Built For Joy
Inspiring The Music of The Player and The Imagination of The Collector

I had been taking orders and building string instruments, for others, on a custom commission basis since August 2003. Then in the Spring of 2015, vested with my 1976 B.F.A. Studio Art Degree and year of design coursework at the U of MN School of Architecture, I stopped taking orders. Intent on getting back to the right-brain joy of Art for Art sake. Now, WHAT I do is build Functional Fine Art. Literally; Wood Sculpture You Play. I have three objectives for WHY: 1. Inspire The Music of The Player 2. Inspire The Imagination of The Collector 3. Share a little Joy with this ole' World. Strings of Joy: the cubist series is a four string instrument study of the relationship between non-traditional guitar forms and the instrument voice. Not surprising, guitars built in non-traditional forms will result in a non-traditional voice. Surprisingly, how far the voice diverges from tradition has less to do with geometry and much more to do with how the instrument top is braced. A non-traditional guitar body shape will sound relatively traditional, if the top is traditionally braced. The detailed findings of this Cubist exercise will soon be applied to a "Salvador Dali-inspired" Surrealism series. Likely to include a 5-string acoustic bass. But not until my current work-in-progress, Strings of Joy No.2: the epic maple burl series, is complete.

In the meantime, take a deep breath and smile. These are, Built For Joy.

Wood Things & Strings

<p>Thanksgiving Shop Progress<br/>
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#necks #fingerboards #frets #trussrods #headstockoverlay #techniques #whatsonyourbench #stringsofjoyNo2 #mapleburlseries #EmphasisOnWood #handmade #organic #OneofaKind #woodsculptureyouplay #guitar #guitarbuilding #vintageparlorguitars #tenorukulele #SJguitar</p>

Thanksgiving Shop Progress
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#necks #fingerboards #frets #trussrods #headstockoverlay #techniques #whatsonyourbench #stringsofjoyNo2 #mapleburlseries #EmphasisOnWood #handmade #organic #OneofaKind #woodsculptureyouplay #guitar #guitarbuilding #vintageparlorguitars #tenorukulele #SJguitar

Posted 1 day ago
<p>Ready to close Red Pine Vintage Parlor 😊<br/>
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#stringsofjoyNo2 #mapleburlseries #EmphasisOnWood #handmade #organic #OneofaKind #woodsculptureyouplay #guitar #guitarbuilding #vintageparlorguitars #tenorukulele #SJguitar</p>

Ready to close Red Pine Vintage Parlor 😊
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#stringsofjoyNo2 #mapleburlseries #EmphasisOnWood #handmade #organic #OneofaKind #woodsculptureyouplay #guitar #guitarbuilding #vintageparlorguitars #tenorukulele #SJguitar

Posted 2 weeks ago
<p>Ready to close two of five boxes on my Epic Maple Burl series. Beautiful fall day in the shop! 😊.<br/>
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#stringsofjoyNo2 #mapleburlseries #EmphasisOnWood #handmade #organic #OneofaKind #woodsculptureyouplay #guitar #guitarbuilding #vintageparlorguitars #tenorukulele #SJguitar</p>

Ready to close two of five boxes on my Epic Maple Burl series. Beautiful fall day in the shop! 😊.
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#stringsofjoyNo2 #mapleburlseries #EmphasisOnWood #handmade #organic #OneofaKind #woodsculptureyouplay #guitar #guitarbuilding #vintageparlorguitars #tenorukulele #SJguitar

Posted 3 weeks ago
<p>So good to spend some time in Kodiak & the flight to ANC Frank. I’m a fan @underthepole.<br/>
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#21stCenturyJacqueCousteau #OceanExpedition</p>

So good to spend some time in Kodiak & the flight to ANC Frank. I’m a fan @underthepole.
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#21stCenturyJacqueCousteau #OceanExpedition

Posted 5 weeks ago
<p>Not Firewood<br/>
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#enoughdingingaround #backtotheshoptomorrow #stringsofjoyNo2 #mapleburlseries #EmphasisOnWood #handmade #organic #OneofaKind #woodsculptureyouplay #guitar #guitarbuilding #vintageparlorguitars #tenorukulele #SJguitar</p>

Not Firewood
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#enoughdingingaround #backtotheshoptomorrow #stringsofjoyNo2 #mapleburlseries #EmphasisOnWood #handmade #organic #OneofaKind #woodsculptureyouplay #guitar #guitarbuilding #vintageparlorguitars #tenorukulele #SJguitar

Posted 5 weeks ago
<p>Fishin’ wit Kodiak brown bears 😊<br/>
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#silversalmon #grisslybears #sitkaspruce #guitarbuilding</p>

Fishin’ wit Kodiak brown bears 😊
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#silversalmon #grisslybears #sitkaspruce #guitarbuilding

Posted 5 weeks ago
<p>24 Back&Side Billets. Scribed. Quarter-sawn. Stacked. Off to Kodiak in the morning.<br/>
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#EmphasisOnWood #handmade #organic #OneofaKind #woodsculptureyouplay #guitar #guitarbuilding #functionalArt<br/>
#fishingforsilvers</p>

24 Back&Side Billets. Scribed. Quarter-sawn. Stacked. Off to Kodiak in the morning.
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#EmphasisOnWood #handmade #organic #OneofaKind #woodsculptureyouplay #guitar #guitarbuilding #functionalArt
#fishingforsilvers

Posted 6 weeks ago
<p>MN Maple: Slabs & 5 Halfsies. Cannot do it without you @zaneblack .<br/>
#EmphasisOnWood #handmade #organic #OneofaKind #woodsculptureyouplay #guitar #guitarbuilding #functionalart</p>

MN Maple: Slabs & 5 Halfsies. Cannot do it without you @zaneblack .
#EmphasisOnWood #handmade #organic #OneofaKind #woodsculptureyouplay #guitar #guitarbuilding #functionalart

Posted 6 weeks ago
<p>10.3.17: EMB4/5 Kodiak Sitka Tenor Uke Close Date<br/>
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#stringsofjoyNo2 #epicmapleburlseries #EmphasisOnWood #handmade #organic #OneofaKind #woodsculptureyouplay #guitar #guitarbuilding #vintageparlorguitars #tenorukulele #SJguitar</p>

10.3.17: EMB4/5 Kodiak Sitka Tenor Uke Close Date
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#stringsofjoyNo2 #epicmapleburlseries #EmphasisOnWood #handmade #organic #OneofaKind #woodsculptureyouplay #guitar #guitarbuilding #vintageparlorguitars #tenorukulele #SJguitar

Posted 7 weeks ago
<p>ArtPrize9 Executive Sales Associates, I&L Production Staff and colleague @jeffreytlarson still life! 👍@theharrisbuilding<br/>
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#stringsofjoy #thecubistseries #VoteCode65623 #artprize #artprize9 #theharrisbuilding #woodsculptureyouplay #functionalart #voteforjoy</p>

ArtPrize9 Executive Sales Associates, I&L Production Staff and colleague @jeffreytlarson still life! 👍@theharrisbuilding
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#stringsofjoy #thecubistseries #VoteCode65623 #artprize #artprize9 #theharrisbuilding #woodsculptureyouplay #functionalart #voteforjoy

Posted 8 weeks ago