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Old 05-08-2021, 04:22 PM
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Hello AGF friends...

The last 12 months have been chaotic, so I havenít had much opportunity to be active on social media during the past year. Life is beginning to slow back down a little bit, so I think itís a great time to seek out a little more normalcy...so this thread is born, and will be a ďcatch-allĒ thread that Iíll continue to update throughout the rest of 2021.

Hereís a little explanation about the crazy outside distractions Iíve been working through...and then a peek into whatís going on inside the shop at Two Hands Guitar Company...

Hurricane Sally blew through, and left us with a lot to clean up and repair. In the height of the storm, the big branches in the huge Sweetgum tree beside our house began snapping off, falling, and piercing through the roof into our attic. I donít like climbing on roofs, but I made some temporary repairs...and then spent the next month cleaning up everything else.
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Iíve finally taken the time to finish-out the room upstairs above the shop. After framing, insulation, electrical, sheetrock, trim, paint, lights and flooring...itís become a really nice and much-needed space for people to get together and come play guitars...so if youíre ever in the area, come on by and hang out for a while. Thereís always a guitar or two hanging around.
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Iím currently in the middle of a total kitchen renovation for my wife. Itís mostly been tedious and boring so far, though Iím now building a custom pantry and kitchen island out of heart pine lumber from a home that I salvaged a few years ago that was built in 1875. Love the wood...hate the work...but Mommaís happier than one of you guys with G.A.S. on N.G.D.
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IĎve also spent a few months working with the fine folks at Copperwing Design developing my new website. Itís completed now, and went live a couple of months ago...and I couldnít be more pleased. Take a look when you have a chance, and let me know what you think...
https://www.twohandsguitars.com

Here are a couple of teaser pictures of two new spec guitars that Iíve just finished. Iíve implemented some new ideas with these two guitars, and Iím really pleased with the results. Iíll update this thread with more pictures and information about them soon, along with some progress pictures of a really cool guitar that Iím building for Tomís B.I.G. show in September.
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Thanks for looking, and check back again because I intend to post shop updates regularly...

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Looking forward to seeing you in Sept., if the creek don't rise, and some day I'm going to make that threatened visit to Fairhope too. I have a good friend who lives just up the road in Daphne, and fond memories of Gulf Shores that I would like to add to.
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Boy Joel, that is quite a mess you have been through. The room above the shop looks fantastic. I am glad you are back to building guitars and can't wait to see what you have going for B.I.G. (the return)!!!
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Wow - great work in all aspects - but those two guitars are GORGEOUS!!!

Oh - and the website is VERY well done!
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Boy Joel, that is quite a mess you have been through. The room above the shop looks fantastic. I am glad you are back to building guitars and can't wait to see what you have going for B.I.G. (the return)!!!
What a bunch of stuff!!! The kitchen island of salvaged Pine sounds 👍 Nice.

Glad to see you back here, too!!!

Nice teaser shots....

I'm along for the ride

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Looking good!

I'm not in the market, and I'm on another continent, but it is always good to spot luthiers that I have not noticed before.

It is some time since I noticed guitars with sound ports. I think I've only ever had one in my hands. It was about 00 size with flame birch back and sides. It sounded surprisingly "big" to me. Perhaps having the sound port in the lower bout played a role there.
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I am definitely looking forward to hearing and playing your guitars, my friend.
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Holy cow, Joel. That before and after shot is stunning. You made some excellent lemonade out of those lemons. Looking forward to seeing you and your guitars again in September.

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Old 05-11-2021, 07:44 AM
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Looking forward to seeing you in Sept., if the creek don't rise, and some day I'm going to make that threatened visit to Fairhope too. I have a good friend who lives just up the road in Daphne, and fond memories of Gulf Shores that I would like to add to.

Címon by, Stan.....Iíll leave the light on for you.

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I'm not in the market, and I'm on another continent, but it is always good to spot luthiers that I have not noticed before.



It is some time since I noticed guitars with sound ports. I think I've only ever had one in my hands. It was about 00 size with flame birch back and sides. It sounded surprisingly "big" to me. Perhaps having the sound port in the lower bout played a role there.

Thanks perttime.....I find soundports to be so invaluable, I offer them as standard equipment on all of my guitars.

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Boy Joel, that is quite a mess you have been through. The room above the shop looks fantastic. I am glad you are back to building guitars and can't wait to see what you have going for B.I.G. (the return)!!!

Tom, Throughout all of these distractions, I still made time to continue working on my clientís guitars. My inconveniences shouldnít affect my obligation to them. The two guitars shown above are spec builds, and will be coming to B.I.G. With me unless they sell beforehand. Iíve also designed and am building a brand new double-0 that will make itís debut at the show. Hereís a teaser:
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Wow - great work in all aspects - but those two guitars are GORGEOUS!!!
Oh - and the website is VERY well done!

Thank you fitness1.....I hope to have more photos up soon, and then sale listings to follow.

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What a bunch of stuff!!! The kitchen island of salvaged Pine sounds [emoji106] Nice.



Glad to see you back here, too!!!



Nice teaser shots....



I'm along for the ride



Paul

Hi Paul. Iíve worked with some exotics that smell absolutely intoxicating.....and this 150-yr-old antique heart pine sits right alongside of them in that heavenly realm of blissful scents.

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Holy cow, Joel. That before and after shot is stunning. You made some excellent lemonade out of those lemons. Looking forward to seeing you and your guitars again in September.



Steve

Thanks Steve. Iím looking forward to visiting with you again also.....and seeing what youíve been creating in that magical workshop of yours.

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I am definitely looking forward to hearing and playing your guitars, my friend.

Hey Mike.....Iím glad youíll be making the trip once again. Looking forward to visiting with you!!
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Old 05-15-2021, 08:33 PM
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Hello Folks,
If you’re interested in looking, I just posted specs and pictures of my two latest builds over in the AGF Marketplace:

https://www.acousticguitarforum.com/...d.php?t=615702

https://www.acousticguitarforum.com/...d.php?t=615704

I’m currently working on a new model that I intent to unveil at Tom’s B.I.G. Show in September. It’s my take on a double-0 sized guitar, with a 25” scale-length and a 12th-fret neck to body join. The back and sides are a fantastic set of flamed-Pyinma, which is a Southeast Asian hardwood. The soundboard is mastergrade Alaskan Sitka Spruce, and the neck is one-piece Honduran Mahogany. I’ll tell more about it later, but here are some progress pictures:

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Thanks for looking,
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Wow, that back is incredible. Is that the same wood that a friend of yours often uses for purfling?
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Old 05-19-2021, 09:09 PM
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Wow, that back is incredible. Is that the same wood that a friend of yours often uses for purfling?


Yes Tom...Steve (The Edwinson) and I both use it for various accoutrements. As a matter of fact, youíll see it in other parts of this guitar build too...such as the Pyinma-burl used in the rosette:

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This build is moving right along. Here you see the neck and tail blocks being glued to the rims:

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The treble side of the kerfed linings are installed in this picture:

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Now itís time to prepare for the the arm bevel:

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The linings and bevel-support block are complete, and Iíve fitted the back to the rims:

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Here the top is being fitted to the rims:

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And finally a few internal pictures prior to closing up the box:

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Thanks for checking in on the thread,
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Old 05-27-2021, 07:49 AM
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Hereís an update on the Pyinma ďVenus 00Ē

Hereís the soundboard being glued-up in the go-deck:
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Hereís the completed box, along with the beginning of the neck construction:
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Here are a couple of closeup shots of the Katalox bindings and arm bevel, and the Pyinma-bound sound-port:
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...and a sneak peek of the next build (flamed Tropical Mango and quilted Alaskan Sitka):
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...as always, thank you for taking the time to look.
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They both look great, but look at the Mango!!! It would be hard for me to finish one before I would want to get started on the next one!!!!
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Old 05-29-2021, 08:17 AM
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They both look great, but look at the Mango!!! It would be hard for me to finish one before I would want to get started on the next one!!!!


Yes...me too!!! Iíve never finished one without having started another...and Iíve always got a spec-build going on in the background...like the recently-completed Koa/Redwood ďLunaĒ

Hereís where we are with the neck construction...the fretboard is finished, and headstock is now profiled with a completed faceplate:
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