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Project by Bob Morris posted 06-07-2006 05:51 PM 4280 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With no orders for carousel figures I had to find something else to keep busy with. I get a lot of pleasure from building and decorating a custom, one of a kind instrument.

-- Bob Morris, Ohio,

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Mark A. DeCou

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#1 posted 06-07-2006 11:07 PM

Bob: It is interesting, there are a few things I want to build in my life, a guitar, a carousel horse, a violin, a dulcimer, and a wooden gear clock. You have accomplished two of my dreams already. I am quite impressed with the use of the leaves for decoration. I would love to see a closer photo of the leaves. Do you have a close up?. Did you sell this guitar, or keep it? What material is the back, I’m guessing it is Hawaiian Koa?

I’m so happy you joined us here in lumberjocks, your talents are very evident. I don’t give out many “tens”, not sure I even have before, but this project hit me right.

Mark DeCou

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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Mark A. DeCou

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#2 posted 06-07-2006 11:09 PM

I do remember another “ten” I gave, to the “Various Canes” project by a nice guy from California.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#3 posted 06-08-2006 06:32 AM

I concur with Mark excellent work, I also have done some pyrography and I designed a couple of electric guitars but I don’t play so I only made two foot long mock guitars to hang on the wall. I didn’t want to figure out all of the routing, bridge work, frets, & truss rod without being able to test it and enjoy playing it. So basically I cheated and only one of them is completed the other one is close. But anyway did you relief carve the leafs also or just use the burning tool? And my guess for the back of the guitar is Bubinga? Welcome to LumberJocks Bob!

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#4 posted 07-11-2006 03:49 PM

Hi Bob! As a guitar lover and builder, please accept my congratulation! This is a wonderful job! As a matter of fact, the finishing and decoration in instruments building is a critical part of whole process and, no doubt, the most time and talent expensive. Regards.

-- Luthier

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Bob Morris

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#5 posted 07-11-2006 10:56 PM

Julio, welcome to LumberJocks and a big thank you to you, Roger and Mark for the kind comments. I’m sure we are all waiting for a picture of your efforts.

-- Bob Morris, Ohio,

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 08-19-2006 05:18 AM

I love the looks & beauty of your instrument. The leaf arrangement is great. Nothing does it better than nature.
Regards, Dick

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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Joe Cumbo

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#7 posted 10-13-2006 12:20 AM

Beautiful work!!!

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#8 posted 02-12-2007 07:18 PM

Bob, what beautiful work, I love the leaves as well, what a nice job looks like a 10 to me. I looked up dulcimer wondering if anyone had build one and found this thread. Mark I hope you get to build the dulcimer, sure would love to see that.


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#9 posted 02-29-2008 06:59 AM

I really love this guitar…

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#10 posted 02-29-2008 02:19 PM

me too!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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Bob Morris

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#11 posted 02-29-2008 03:31 PM

Thanks everyone for your kind comments.

-- Bob Morris, Ohio,

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#12 posted 06-08-2008 03:06 PM

Beautiful work!

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#13 posted 06-15-2008 04:50 AM


-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#14 posted 01-10-2009 03:39 PM

Bob: Beautiful work! What price range are your guitars in?

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Bob Morris

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#15 posted 01-10-2009 04:10 PM

Thanks Sherlock for the comment. Usally a low of around $400.00 to the skys the limit, all depends what the customer wants.

-- Bob Morris, Ohio,

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