August 20, 2015

As many folks already know, I am in the midst of moving my family and shop up to the Pacific Northwest.  It’s a very exciting and nerve wracking time for all of us!  My family has already made the move up to our new place in Bend.  They met the movers up there, unloaded, and are already getting pretty well settled.  On the way out of town, the movers swung by the shop and took a good portion of my equipment, fixtures, tools, etc.  I’m still here in San Luis Obispo finishing out several projects, repairs, paperwork, current Boswell builds, and of course, starting on the next round of Boswell acoustic guitars!  

    As of this week, I’m wrapping up most of the final loose ends.  The repair work is coming to an end, I stayed down at the shop late last night doing paperwork, and early next week, I’ll be starting the final assembly on the latest four Boswell guitars.  I’m a touch behind schedule on these builds, and there is still a good amount of work to be done to finish, but it’ll be worth it in the end.  One little guitar in this bunch I’m particularly interested in hearing.  It’s a little Spanish cedar back and side “00” that when complete, should weigh only 3-lbs.  When all four guitars are done, I’ll be taking a trip to LA to deliver the 00, and that’ll be it.  I’ll be ready to load up the rest of the shop equipment, and head out of town for good.  

    So, all of this transition has got me thinking lately.  I’ve been in San Luis Obispo for over 22 years now, and I have been working on guitars for around 18 of them!  It’s funny, it really doesn’t seem that long.  In between work, I’m trying to soak up all the things I still love about this place.  It’s been good, but I’m missing my family, and I’m getting anxious to get back to them.  This town, and the customers and friends that I have worked with, helped to shape who I am today.  I played my first gig here, and just the other night, my last.  I met friends that I will know for the rest of my life.  I became an expert guitar repair person and luthier by working on so many local players’ instruments.  This is where it all started for me.  Now, it’s on to the next stage of my life.  My family is ready to plant roots in our new place, and so am I.  I’ll never forget all the wonderful people that have trusted me to handle their prized possessions here, who have helped me and supported me through the years, and who I can now call my friends.  Thank you for your business.  Thank you for your friendship.  Thank you for your support