Leather Work

With the recent passing of my Grandmother, it got me to thinking of my Grandfather and his talent for Leather Work. Well I guess the apple does not fall far from the tree as I too have an interest in Leather Tooling and how beautiful the artwork can be. Here is a couple pictures of a Keychain I did awhile back.

I did some matching coasters as well with the same pattern.

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Scraper Burnishing Tool

I was doing some wood finishing the other day and noticed that my specialty scrapers were getting a little dull. It was time to break out my scraper burnishing tool and get everything back to normal.

The scrapers shown above are a must in my books when it comes to finishing your wood projects and saves time and sandpaper. Also pictured is a burnishing tool that I bought several years ago which works great and keeps the edges consistently perfect.

The next time I sharpen my scrapers I will be sure to include a short video of the process and how to keep your specialty scrapers at their best.


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Tucketts Preferred Panetelas

I was given this extra cool Tucketts Preferred Panetelas cigar box from the early 1920’s. It was a bit to small for a good 3 string cigar box guitar and not deep enough for an amp, so I new right away this would make a pretty cool Diddley Bow.

I added some antique brass corners and a couple antique brass sound holes to round out the look.

With a 23 inch scale length and a G string it has a very unique sound which is deep and kind of dirty which I was pleased with its original 1920’s sound.

I didn’t make this for any specific customer, so if  anyone is interested drop me a line and I will hook you up.

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Rest in Peace Grandma

I would like to post this poem in loving memory of my grandmother Annette Williams who passed away recently.

Parable of Immortality

I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze
and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength,
and I stand and watch until at last she hangs
like a speck of white cloud
just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says,
” There she goes! ”
Gone where?
Gone from my sight . . . that is all.
She is just as large in mast and hull and spar
as she was when she left my side
and just as able to bear her load of living freight
to the place of destination.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.
And just at the moment
when someone at my side says,
” There she goes! ”
there are other eyes watching her coming . . .
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout . . .
” Here she comes! ”

Author: Henry Van Dyke

Rest in peace Grandma you will be missed greatly by all of us.

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Diddley Bows

I was wandering through the hardware store the other day and saw a bucket full of Broom Handles. The first thing that came to mind was Diddley Bows.

I thought that these would make for a perfect neck for most Diddley Bow creations. The ones I looked at were all hard wood and came already varnished. When I looked at the price I was sold. I realized it was cheaper to buy an already finished broom handle, then to buy dowel stock that is unfinished and sold by the foot.

Another great source of used hard wood tool handles is garage sales and auctions. This last spring at an auction we attended I saw a bundle of assorted hand tools (Rakes, Hoes, Shovels ) go for under $15 dollars. I kick myself now that I didn’t twig into other possible uses for these hand tools as I thought I already had enough of these in the garden and didn’t need any more. Plus I look back at the natural patina those handles had which would have added that extra cool factor to some of my more recent projects.

Anyhow just thought I would pass this idea along to the rest of you……..

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New Year 2017

Just wanted to Wish everyone a Happy New Year. I am excited to see what the new year will bring and all the awesome projects that will follow.

I just wanted to let everyone know that I have received some awesome cigars boxes over the last couple of weekends and will be sharing some of these builds.

So stay tuned for that and some other awesome projects that I am sure will unfold over the coming weeks.


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The Night before Christmas


As I sit here looking at our tree and enjoying this evening with my wife and kids I know it is because of others who stand guard for our freedom and liberty. I would like to send out a prayer to all the soldiers out there and say thank you and to all a safe night.

A Soldier’s Night Before Christmas

“Merry Christmas, My Friend” by LCpl James M Schmidt, USMC, 1986

Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,

In a one bedroom house made of plaster & stone.

I had come down the chimney, with presents to give

and to see just who in this home did live

As I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,

no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.

No stocking by the fire, just boots filled with sand.

On the wall hung pictures of a far distant land.

With medals and badges, awards of all kind,

a sobering thought soon came to my mind.

For this house was different, unlike any I’d seen.

This was the home of a U.S. Marine.

I’d heard stories about them, I had to see more,

so I walked down the hall and pushed open the door.

And there he lay sleeping, silent, alone,

Curled up on the floor in his one-bedroom home.

He seemed so gentle, his face so serene,

Not how I pictured a U.S. Marine.

Was this the hero, of whom I’d just read?

Curled up in his poncho, a floor for his bed?

His head was clean-shaven, his weathered face tan.

I soon understood, this was more than a man.

For I realized the families that I saw that night,

owed their lives to these men, who were willing to fight.

Soon around the Nation, the children would play,

And grown-ups would celebrate on a bright Christmas day.

They all enjoyed freedom, each month and all year,

because of Marines like this one lying here.

I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone,

on a cold Christmas Eve, in a land far from home.

Just the very thought brought a tear to my eye.

I dropped to my knees and I started to cry.

He must have awoken, for I heard a rough voice,

“Santa, don’t cry, this life is my choice

I fight for freedom, I don’t ask for more.

My life is my God, my country, my Corps.”

With that he rolled over, drifted off into sleep,

I couldn’t control it, I continued to weep.

I watched him for hours, so silent and still.

I noticed he shivered from the cold night’s chill.

So I took off my jacket, the one made of red,

and covered this Marine from his toes to his head.

Then I put on his T-shirt of scarlet and gold,

with an eagle, globe and anchor emblazoned so bold.

And although it barely fit me, I began to swell with pride,

and for one shining moment, I was Marine Corps deep inside.

I didn’t want to leave him so quiet in the night,

this guardian of honor so willing to fight.

But half asleep he rolled over, and in a voice clean and pure,

said “Carry on, Santa, it’s Christmas Day, all secure.”

One look at my watch and I knew he was right,

Merry Christmas my friend, Semper Fi and goodnight.


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Diddley Bow

I saw a guy playing a Diddley Bow the other night and knew I had to have one . So when I was in an antique store yesterday and saw this cigar box, I immediately knew this was going to be my Diddley Bow.

I rushed home broke out the tools and got to making me a Diddley Bow.

It went quick and turned out awesome……..I can’t believe the sound and action you can get from one string. I spent the rest of the evening banging out riffs and truly having a blast.

If you haven’t tried one, I highly recommend it. Be for warned though they are highly addictive and super fun to play.

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My Father Cigars CBG #4

Didn’t want to keep everyone waiting any longer, here is the finished “My Father Cigars CBG”.

It really turned out awesome in my opinion and has a truly distinct sound. I never get tired of hearing the very first notes and what personality my new creation will offer. This one sure sounds great and didn’t disappoint.

Here is a close up of the headstock with its huge slab of pearl.

This one wasn’t for a particular customer so is up for sale, if I don’t get to attached to it in the mean time.


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My Father Cigars CBG #3

Here is the neck I made for the My Father Cigars CBG build.


It is made from Cherry wood with an angled headstock, with nickel/silver fret wire. I did custom pearl inlays for the fret markers and inlayed a slab of pearl to accent the headstock.


Instead of using a small brass hinge I decided to use brass ferrule’s for the holes the guitar strings feed through.


More pictures to come………

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