I’ve always been a fan of reclaimed wood, but this guy takes it to a whole new level:
I love that pine top. I also love how much attention he paid to the little details. I watched the entire video – couldn’t look away. Truly beautiful to see that guitar take shape, piece by piece.
Seeing it reminds me of Bob Taylor of Taylor guitars, and the story of the “pallet guitar” he built to demonstrate the point that craftsmanship can be just as important – if not more so – than the wood used in guitar construction:
“[T]he Taylor Pallet Guitar was designed to “return the emphasis to the guitar maker” instead of the wood. There’s no proof that C.F. Martin was the direct catalyst but their guitars were certainly a main competitor at the time (and still are).
Bob Taylor was convinced that a great guitar was more than just the wood, it was the top bracing, it was gluing process, it was the finishing process. It was a guitar-making expertise, he believed, that set Taylor Guitars apart from the others.
So Bob went to the back of the Taylor plant and grabbed some pallets made of oak (for the back and sides) and some two-by-fours that couldn’t even be classified as a specific wood (for the top) and set off creating the pallet guitar.”
I found some worn pieces of pallet wood on the beach this last week but I won’t be doing anything that ambitious with them. They’ll probably end up as part of a little table, once I get some time to do some woodworking again.