Saturday, August 30, 2008

How Would You Like To Have This View From The Stage?

This is a shot of my college friend Ricky playing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO, you know, the same place all the big bands play, like U2?

I can't wait to hook up with Rick next month and get to jam and chat with. I'm curious about his road stories. At one point, they had to cancel a few US shows due to Luke's strep throat. Nice, huh?

Monday, August 25, 2008

People Are Now Blogging About My Guitars!

Dweezil and the Original Hendrix/Zappa Strat.

This one I found in a random Google search in regards to my Hendrix/Zappa Tribute guitar that I built for myself. A gentleman from the UK found some images on the web of my guitar and wanted me to build him one. Evidentally, someone got to see his guitar and blogged about it. Check it out: Hendrix/Zappa post.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

"Oranges, Poranges, Who Said, There Ain't No Rhyme For Oranges."

Those of you who grew up with Sid and Marty Kroft Saturday morning shows from the 70's should remember that line from H.R. Puffinstuff. I believe the character "Witchie Poo" was the one who sang it.

Uh.......yeah..well, anyway...I made some oranges today. I used some birch wood and decided to see if I was able to make convincing wooden oranges for the Orange Crate guitar. Things are really starting to gel on this project. I want each one to look a little different so that's why the one on the left looks a little more uniform in color than the one on the right.
Not bad for my first try.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The StewMade Shop Was Busy Today.

I glued up the top to my Orange Crate guitar. It looks like I'm going to go with oranges being seen between the slats of the, guitar.
And I finally took a chance on a spare guitar body I had lying around. It's been so long since I've carved anything, that I was wondering if I still had the chops. Since fall is coming soon (my favorite time of year), I decided to do a fall maple leaves theme carving. It will be framed with tree branches and I'm not sure what to do with the carved out sections yet. For just that little section, it took forever, like 3 hours. You have to think like a leaf and get your mind set to think in 3-D.I did a test of the leaf on a piece of scrap wood. All I did was oil the leaf to get this look. I did not stain it to look like this. Pretty cool?

Monday, August 18, 2008

Our New Family Thing When We Go Places.

I've decided that whenever we go someplace like a vacation spot or interesting outing as a family, we will do the modified "My Three Sons" shot. It's something I've been thinking about as the girls get older.

We had a great time at Disneyland and CA Adventure. We got there around 5:00 PM and stayed almost to closing. At one point, my 13 year old snuck out of the heat and sat in the lobby of the Grand Califonian Hotel. My wife and our youngest waited in line for the Roaring Rapids ride.

I really liked the house of the future that's being featured in Disney's "Innoventions". Here's some shots of the day.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Getting Ready For The Orange Crate Guitar!

It's glued up and ready to start cutting. But I still have the dilema of the oranges. Once I have made up my mind on what to do, then I'll start cutting. You see depending on the process I pick will determine how I will cut this blank.

It's yellow pine, the same material used for citrus shipping crates. More to come....soon I hope. So Vote!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


Hardly ever even got to play it. So here's a brief moment in time when I was preparing some video to support the ebay auction that never was. The fun stuff is in the middle of the video (3:53). Enjoy. This was on a good day for my hands.

2008 StewMade "Muscle Car" guitar.

Gear Geek Speak: Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb amp, Seymour Duncan Classic Twin overdrive/distortion pedals.....that's it!

Friday, August 1, 2008

More Pics from Ricky.

I'll let the photos speak for themselves.

Ricky and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons.
Dirty Shame Solo Tk. 2