WS 016 “COLLISHAW FARM”
The WS 016 “Collishaw Farm” model was commissioned to me from UFV professor Patrick Harrison. He had recently stumbled across Cigar box guitars on a local TV program and was quite intrigued by them. He reached out to me through this very website and placed what was to be my very first order that was the result of said site. thanks Patrick! This particular build took a very long time to complete. mostly because I started it in August and we had a very nice sunny end to our summer. I found it hard to shut myself away in the workshop when I could be out getting rambunctious with my boys. I have finally completed it! Horay!
As you can see Patrick chose a really neat Hemingway cigar box. This is another of the cool boxes I received from my good friends down at www.sector9.com in sunny San Diego. The neck is maple with a cherry wood fret board. 16 frets with a 24 inch scale. I used my typical adornments for the sound holes, tail-piece, nut, and bridge. Again keeping them all brass themed. The pick up is the simple Piezzo transducer that really gives this box a dirty rough sound.
Here is a nice close up of the box and the art on the fret board. Patrick sent me over art and logo font of the farm and I copied onto the neck via stenciling. more on that later.
This is a nice view of the headstock.
This picture was taken in mid september. As you can see I was a month in and had only gotten the neck shaped. Curse those amazing summer days!;) The next stage after this photo was taken was to lay my frets.
Here is a before and after shot of the art. To get the art right I use the green painters tape and tape the art to a window so I can trace the lines. Once I have the art on the tape I tape it onto the neck where I think it should go. The next pain staking stage is to cut out all the lines with an exacto blade creating a stencil. this part takes forever and can be stressful when the boys are acting up or bumping the table. After the stencil is finished I paint over it with black acrylic paint, peel off the tape, and voila, I have the image on there.
This guitar didn’t sound quite as bright as other I have made, but I expected that do to the thickness of the lid. the thicker it is, the less it can vibrate. I was pretty happy with the tone I got out of it when I used the finger picks though. A pick really makes a difference on this one. Its tone when plugged into my little Orange amp was quite nice too. Here is a nice little demo I did in open F
Patrick and his son Kyle were pretty stoked on guitar. Kyle found his way around it pretty quickly and started layin down a few riffs! He was still playing it when we pulled out of the farm.
Patrick is also spearheading the trans Canadian National Hiking Trail. if its interesting to you feel free to stop his site and find out more information!
I forgot to mention the significance of Collishaw farm. The farm is a Blue berry farm out in Cloverdale BC. It is the oldest existing farm in the lower main land of BC and is still producing berries every year. Collishaw was established in 1887 (as you can see in the above photo). It is now a you pick, so if you are wanting a fun day out this summer to pick some berries and you are in the greater Vancouver region, look Collishaw up and go get some blue berry power!
Totally off topic, but I think my son Riley may grow up to be a blues king!
Posted on November 27, 2012, in guitars, my guitars and tagged 3 string guitar, blues, blues guitar, blues jam, bottleneck slide, Cigar box guitar, collishaw farm, craig williams, delta blues, Folk instruments, guitar, guitar necks, guitar slide, hand made guitar, instruments, national hiking trail, patrick harrison, slide guitar, three string guitar, ws bluesbox. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.