Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter 2016

Once again we have made it through the longest night and, officially,winter begins today.  But even in a mild year this does not match up with the weather in the Yukon, where it has already been cold and snowy for a long time.
Winter 2016

Because the change from water to ice is so dramatic I think of winter as beginning at freeze up, usually around the beginning of December.  For weeks before that the lake is shrouded in mist as the cooling water meets the much colder air, and the sun rarely breaks through.  Then, sometimes all in one night, sometimes in stages over a few days, the restless waters are stilled and all the activity of an event-filled year seems to come to a halt as the dawn reveals the lake silent and flat as far as the eye can see.
Winter Sunrise

Wishing you all a moment of quiet and peace as we begin the new season.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Saturday, April 2, 2016


Hello Guitar People,

I have been looking for a new electric guitar, but couldn't find what I liked, aside from a pricey custom job.  So my project while I was in Whitehorse in February and March was to try to build one for myself. I started with a slab of mahogany and a neck nicely made to my specifications from Warmoth.  I designed and cut the body shape, then hollowed it out and added a top of Baltic birch plywood to make the lightest guitar ever.  All the woodworking was done at Yukonstruct, a wonderful community shop that has every tool you can think of and lots of friendly and helpful people.

The hardware came from all over:  a hi-fi Alumitone pickup, a modified Supro reproduction bridge from Paris and a 1960's Harmony tailpiece like the one on the first guitar I ever played.  Patrick from Hamilton and Son Guitar Works did the expert soldering of the electronic components.

There were countless ways this project could have gone south but everything came together.  She looks cool, plays beautifully and sounds awesome.  Annuit coeptis!

Homemade Guitar