Jan. 22, 2016

I always seem motivated to write right around 5 in the morning.  So, here I am.  It’s quiet and dark in the house, a rarity as of late.  I have my coffee, and a mind full of “to-do’s” for the day and week.  Running a business and supporting my family are two of the hardest things I have ever done, and at the same time, the most rewarding.  It’s an interesting juxtaposition at times.  It can be hard on me, hard on my family.  But, there are those moments, more often than the difficult ones, where I feel truly lucky, truly blessed.  I have so much, and yes, I have worked hard for it, but not hard like some people.  I’ve been lucky in how things have played out for me, and for my family.  I think about all the people in the world who really do have it HARD.  It’s difficult for me to grasp, so for now, I just really try and appreciate how blessed my family and I are. 

    The current four Boswell builds are done being sprayed with lacquer, and are currently hanging up for their final “set” time.  Once that is done, I’ll move on with final assembly, and get them ready for delivery.  They are truly beautiful instruments, and I can’t wait to get strings on them and wake them up for the first time.  Always a very exciting moment.

    I started three new Boswell guitars this week.  Joining the tops, the backs, laying out the design, really starting to get a mental picture of what these guitars will be.  Selecting the materials, top, back, sides, etc.., is always one of the most fun parts for me.  Truly designing an instrument and the thought process that goes along with it.  Another time I feel lucky!  Alone in my shop, digging through piles of exotic tone woods, imagining what the next box will be, what it will sound like.  One will be a short scale 000 12-string, with Madagascar rosewood back/sides and an old-growth American Engelmann spruce top.  Next is a 000 with Brazilian rosewood back/sides, and an incredibly old Sitka spruce top.  Finally, a D with very old Brazilian rosewood back/sides and Adirondack top.  This D will be very similar in design to the D reviewed a while back in Guitar Player Magazine (here), and the current D I’m currently completing (a 1937 D-28 “copy”).  

    While I’m on the subject of the new builds, I’m also happy to make another quick announcement...  I am partnering with my long-time friend and incredible all-around musician Tim Bluhm for the design of this current D model.  Tim and I go way back.  I remember seeing his band, the Mother Hips for the first time when I was a long-haired punk surfer college kid!  I was a fan.  I still am a fan.  Since then, we have become friends, toured together, played together, skate boarded parking garages together.  Some time has passed, but we have always remained friends.  This is something I have wanted to do for a long time, and finally, the time is right.  Tim’s musical career and catalog are both vast, and he continues to write, play, and perform on such a heightened level.  I’m thrilled to be partnering with him, and working together to design a guitar that will meet, and hopefully exceed his expectations!  

    My family is healthy, and happy, and business is good.  What can I say.  I’m a lucky man.