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I began this blog in order to share my experiences learning instrument building from my dad, but along with those stories I look forward to sharing my memories of growing up with two busy, musically inclined parents as well as my current experiences stepping out on my own as a female luthier promoting environmental sustainability in her instruments while working to alter gender stereotypes in a male dominated field. If you'd like to use quotes from this blog for interviews or in your own work, please contact me first! (email is henderson.elizabethj@gmail.com)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

New Guitar!

Yesterday afternoon, with several visitors eagerly looking on, I strung up Doc's guitar. It was painfully bittersweet, as the sound is amazingly clear and strong, but it was palpably difficult to hear knowing who it is for won't be around to get it. I am not sure I am able to accurately articulate what I felt listening to those first notes played on the new guitar, so I am just going to share these pictures until I think of anything better to say. 

In less downer news, my dad's annual festival will be held on Saturday. The shop has already begun to swarm with visitors eager to start celebrating the weekend's lineup of great musicians. This year promises to provide a great show; Dori Freeman, The Water Tower Bucket Boys, The Gibson Brothers, and of course a tribute to Doc during his slot. My dad has promised to play Doc's new guitar during that bit, which I am very grateful for, but again that bittersweet feeling creeps in as well. Hopefully it will be a great day with beautiful weather, hope to see you there! 


  1. Gorgeous work, darling! I'm sure he is smiling down on you and will be with your dad at the festival this weekend as he plays it :)

  2. Thank you, I hope that is true :-) Sorry I couldn't be more descriptive this time! The next one will be happy and full of words!

  3. So VERY beautiful! You and your Dad are such kind genuine souls!

  4. Beautiful work. I am sure that Doc is smiling at your workmanship. Instruments made with heart sound lovely.

  5. A wonderful remembrance. Thank you.

  6. The pictures and the guitar itself tell all the story there is to tell. If you can, post a bit of audio or video of your Dad playing it in Doc's stead. I'd love to hear it. Please pass on my regards to Wayne and all my friends (the PSGW crew) who'll be there today. Have a great, if bittersweet, festival.