Hi everybody, my name is Don Craig, just joined up yesterday. I live in Saranac NY, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, near Lake Champlain and the Canadian Border, just west of Plattsburgh.
I built my first 3-string box guitar last July, 2017, out of curiousity. I have owned and tortured four six-string guitars over the last 50 years, with litlle hope of ever learning how to play. The 3-string seemed possible and it is. The neck warped and developed a high action and I've learned to use a bottle neck slide and I love it since I'm leaning to delta and hill country blues.
I built a second one for a friend and then a third for his girlfriend. The necks did not warp. I've also rebuilt a beat-up Harmony flat-top. built a didley bow, and two 2-string strum sticks. Pictures are posted on my home page.
I fitted all of them with piezo pickups. Lately I mounted a magnetic WickedBucker pickup on my first 3-stringer which is my daily beater and experimental prototype. I'm starting to built #8 which will be a 3-string cigar box, nice cedar wood. I'm putting a P-90 soapbar pickup in that, a first installation of that type for me.
I built my first stringed instrument back in the 70's, when I was first getting seriously interested in woodworking. I'd found a book in the library about how to build an Appalachian mountain dulcimer, or lap dulcimer. I said Why Not? It was a successful build, my grand-daughter has it now, waiting for her to get interested in playing.
I've also made a goatskin drum out of a wooden nail keg, and a Native-American style flute out of red Staghorn sumac. I can't play the flute but it looks cool and my friend can play it.
I also play a bodhran drum and harmonica. I put an ad on Craigslist looking for like-minded folky blues players but there don't seem to be many around here.
Thanks for reading all this, here's a picture of Loper and my last build.
Great stuff Don, sounds like you are hooked!
Ah, yes , Saranac, NY. A beautiful place. I miss my home in New Windsor, NY in the Catskills. Good to have you in the group.