|Project by Lee Barker||posted 10-28-2010 05:39 PM||2003 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
Out of the dusty manuscripts come these images of a project inspired by what appeared to be junk wood: Timbers about 5 inches wide, 2 1/2 inches thick and 9 1/2 feet long (see the image of self and bass and “before” board).
Turns out these were staves for giant vats wherein cherries are subjected to bleaching after which they are dyed to become maraschino.
The result, of course, would be red liquid, some of which soaked into the wood—old growth douglas fir—and stained it in delightful, streaky patterns.
I bought everything that looked like it might be pink, and ended up with four completed basses, all of which have since been sold.
These were semi-professional studio shots. I wanted to get some more of the two basses, the taller one with a black bow tie, the shorter one with a string of pearls, but time did not permit. Just looking at them, though, you can see the masculine-feminine effect I was after.
The wood used in these electric instruments does indeed have an effect on the quality of the sound. The best instruments are hardwood, but these sounded acceptable and looked, well, you decide.
-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"