February is well under way, and we’ve made quite a bit of progress on the Chesapeake Bay guitars. Craig has been working on the inlays for the first two necks. The first inlay, just completed, is titled “Ladies' Night” (left) and depicts several mature female crabs, or ‘sooks,’ swimming through eelgrass. The second inlay, still under construction, (right) is titled “Heron Sunset.” This inlay shows a silhouette of a heron at sunset on the headstock and has a close-up of a heron among the cattails on the fingerboard.
The guitar bodies are coming along as well. I’ve completed construction of the first two guitar bodies, and am just waiting on the completed necks to finish the guitars. The “Ladies' Night” guitar has Peruvian Walnut back and sides, and a Sitka spruce top. The guitar bindings are flamed Western maple. The “Heron Sunset” guitar has Brazilian kingwood back and sides, and a Sitka spruce top. The guitar bindings are ebony.
Craig has designed the inlays for the next two guitar necks. The first is titled “The Fisherman” and depicts an osprey catching a fish. The other, titled “Future Matters,” shows a male seahorse, indigenous to the Chesapeake Bay, giving birth to baby seahorses. We should have some photos of these in the next month.
We have set the date for the guitar festival for May 17, 2008. It will be held at Emory’s store, the Appalachian Bluegrass Shoppe, in Catonsville, from 12-4pm. There will be a number of guitarists featured at the festival, and we’re hoping for some original songs related to the Chesapeake Bay to be performed. More information about the event will be included in the Spring 2008 edition of CBF’s “Save the Bay” magazine.
If anyone has any questions about the project or the guitars, please contact Emory at Appalachian Bluegrass. His contact information can be found on his website www.appalachianbluegrass.com.
It’s back to building, but I’ll continue to post the project progress, passing on our status and any news.
Well, the Chesapeake Bay Guitar Project has been underway for a little over two months now, and we’ve made quite a bit of progress (even with the holidays). We kicked off the project the weekend of November 4, 2007, when Craig flew up to Baltimore and he and I spent some time kayaking down at Blackwater Refuge in Cambridge, taking photos of the wildlife and wetland scenery, including the one on the left. Craig plans to use the photos as the basis for some of the inlay art on the guitar necks and fingerboards.
Since then I’ve spent a good bit of the time building the guitar necks for the first 6 guitars, preparing them for Craig to inlay with the Chesapeake Bay scenes. I’ve also started on two guitar tops; cutting the wood to size, inlaying the rosettes, and bracing the tops. Shown below are several photos of the work in progress.
Craig has been busy designing and storyboarding the scenes for the first two guitars, and has completed the concept art on paper, shown below. One is a scene of a great blue heron, silhouetted in a sunset. The other is a montage of Maryland blue crabs in the water. I just shipped the first two necks to Craig, so the actual inlay work is about to commence.
Emory has been very busy beating the bushes and drumming up support for this project from his customer base. There is already significant interest in the first guitars, and we expect them to be a hot commodity, once the word is out there.
On December 10, 2007, Emory and I appeared on the Steve Rouse morning show on WLIF Lite FM 101.9 to talk about the project. A synopsis of the interview and the audio can be found on my MacCubbin Guitars website, under the Chesapeake Bay Guitar Project link.
If anyone has any questions about the project, they may contact Emory at Appalachian Bluegrass. His contact information can be found on his website.
I’ll keep posting as the project progresses, passing on our status and any news.