Mar 29 2012

Earl Scruggs

I was saddened today to hear of the death of Earl Scruggs, banjo innovator, at age 88. He was a great inspiration to me and countless others who enjoy the dulcet tones of the 5 string banjo.

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Jan 22 2012

Fitting a bridge to a 1935 Epiphone Olympic

My family and I recently moved into a house we renovated. Part of the renovation included building a shop for me to work on instruments.

It overlooks Kootenay Lake in British Columbia, and is a wonderful place to work.

I am putting a temporary bridge on a 1935 Epiphone Olympic archtop until I get an original one. This guitar model was made famous by David Rawlings who is an incredible guitarist and singer. He and Gillian Welch are 2 of my favorite musicians.

I refretted the guitar and can hardly wait to spank that plank!


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Sep 21 2011

Fall 2011

I had a great summer. It rained so much in July I started to get moldy. Then August and the sun arrived together and the world brightened.

My wife and I sent to our daughters to Stone Age Camp with Chris Morasky and at the the end of camp, he had a big feast that the kids helped prepare. This is a piece of racoon that I scooped out of the pit oven. It had an oaky flavour with a hint of rodent.


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Aug 9 2011

Bill Monroe band signed Opry program (he played the mandolin) from 1955

I have collected bluegrass memorabilia for years. One of the treasures I happened upon is an old Grand Old Opry program from the mid 1950’s.


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