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

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Posted 20 hours ago
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Artist Me!….so fun. @artprize @theharrisbuilding .
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Posted 21 hours ago
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ArtPrize Clubhouse Artist Reception @artprize @theharrisbuilding
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#stringsofjoy #thecubistseries #VoteCode65623 #artprize #artprize9 #theharrisbuilding #woodsculptureyouplay #functionalart #voteforjoy

Posted 1 day ago
<p>Working on Strings of Joy No.2: the epic maple burl series today when Jake called about a maple tree he was taking down. 3-42" sides & 2-24" back sealed rounds  later……got back to the shop. Meanwhile, ArtPrize Nine preview week is in full swing. ArtPrize.org</p>

<p>#stringsofjoy #thecubistseries #VoteCode65623 #artprize #artprize9 #theharrisbuilding #woodsculptureyouplay #functionalart #voteforjoy</p>

Working on Strings of Joy No.2: the epic maple burl series today when Jake called about a maple tree he was taking down. 3-42" sides & 2-24" back sealed rounds later……got back to the shop. Meanwhile, ArtPrize Nine preview week is in full swing. ArtPrize.org

#stringsofjoy #thecubistseries #VoteCode65623 #artprize #artprize9 #theharrisbuilding #woodsculptureyouplay #functionalart #voteforjoy

Posted 1 week ago
<p>ArtPrize 2017 Step Two: build “cubist guitar image”……and learn how non-traditional forms affect the traditional acoustic guitar voice. Oh, and it’s not what you think.</p>

<p>#stringsofjoy #thecubistseries #VoteCode65623 #artprize #artprize9 #theharrisbuilding #woodsculptureyouplay #functionalart #voteforjoy</p>

ArtPrize 2017 Step Two: build “cubist guitar image”……and learn how non-traditional forms affect the traditional acoustic guitar voice. Oh, and it’s not what you think.

#stringsofjoy #thecubistseries #VoteCode65623 #artprize #artprize9 #theharrisbuilding #woodsculptureyouplay #functionalart #voteforjoy

Posted 1 week ago
<p>ArtPrize 2017 Step One: google “cubist guitar image”</p>

<p>#stringsofjoy #thecubistseries #VoteCode65623 #artprize #artprize9 #theharrisbuilding #woodsculptureyouplay #functionalart #voteforjoy</p>

ArtPrize 2017 Step One: google “cubist guitar image”

#stringsofjoy #thecubistseries #VoteCode65623 #artprize #artprize9 #theharrisbuilding #woodsculptureyouplay #functionalart #voteforjoy

Posted 1 week ago
<p>Thanks to my first-born installation assistant the artprize9 exhibit is complete. Could not have done it without you @diggytime!!!! #artprize #artprize9 #theharrisbuilding #largestInternationalartcompetitionintheworld #woodsculptureyouplay #functionalart #thecubistseries</p>

Thanks to my first-born installation assistant the artprize9 exhibit is complete. Could not have done it without you @diggytime!!!! #artprize #artprize9 #theharrisbuilding #largestInternationalartcompetitionintheworld #woodsculptureyouplay #functionalart #thecubistseries

Posted 2 weeks ago
<p>Finished the wood sculpture @artprize display @theharrisbuilding and ready to celebrate with some mosaic promise from @foundersbrewing. #stringsofjoy #woodsculptureyouplay #grandrapids</p>

Finished the wood sculpture @artprize display @theharrisbuilding and ready to celebrate with some mosaic promise from @foundersbrewing. #stringsofjoy #woodsculptureyouplay #grandrapids

Posted 2 weeks ago
<p>Eight more instruments. One more instrument display tree on its way to The Harris Building Gallery. See ya soon @arttechhubgr @theharrisbuilding @artprize !</p>

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Eight more instruments. One more instrument display tree on its way to The Harris Building Gallery. See ya soon @arttechhubgr @theharrisbuilding @artprize !

#artprize #artprize9 #theharrisbuilding #largestInternationalartcompetitionintheworld #stringsofjoy #woodsculptureyouplay #functionalart

Posted 2 weeks ago
<p>See ya soon @arttechhubgr @theharrisbuilding @artprize !<br/>
#artprize #artprize9 #theharrisbuilding #largestInternationalartcompetitionintheworld #woodsculptureyouplay #functionalart #thecubistseries</p>

See ya soon @arttechhubgr @theharrisbuilding @artprize !
#artprize #artprize9 #theharrisbuilding #largestInternationalartcompetitionintheworld #woodsculptureyouplay #functionalart #thecubistseries

Posted 2 weeks ago