Frame USA’s Administrative Assistant on Favorite Hobby Friday
It’s been quite some time since our last Favorite Hobby Friday but we’re back with such a unique hobby that it makes up for missing a couple of Fridays! Today I spoke with our Administrative Assistant Jill Gugel about her favorite hobby, here’s what she had to say:
Jill, what is your favorite hobby?
My favorite hobby is making Electric guitars and Cigar Box Guitars (cbg)
That is so unique, I’ve never met anyone that had this hobby, how long have you been making the guitars?
A year and a half. The photos are builds that are done from bare wood, mostly mahogany and cherry.
That is fascinating, how did you even start creating the guitars?
I was looking for something new to try, when I found a Stratocaster unfinished electric guitar kit. I was hooked.
You must be pretty much a master by now how long has it taken you to get where you are skill wise?
I am just a hobbyist, to become a Luthier, someone who is a true master of this art, it takes years of study, skill and then apprenticeship. I’ve gotten to where I am now by doing a lot of reading, and watching videos. The best part is there really aren’t any rules especially when making a Cigar Box Guitar.
I’m learning so much about this craft, I wasn’t even aware that there was a name for a master of making guitars! So how many hours would you say you spend on this hobby a week?
I try to spend about 5-8 hours a week working on any aspect of a build. This also includes the reading and watching videos.
So since you spend that many hours on this hobby, a favorite part of it must have emerged, what is it?
I enjoy making used or old guitars “Beautiful” again. Seeking out Cigar boxes, and then shaping the headstocks to mimic popular guitars on the market, but then I add a twist. Then of course string the guitar.
You talk about this hobby with such passion I don’t even know if you will be able to answer this question, but what is your least favorite part about making your guitars?
I am not a fan of soldering. That seems like a skill set all by itself. Due to the colder time of a year, I am limited to only staining the guitars, painting has to wait until the warmer months.
What has been one of your most memorable experience with this hobby?
All the mistakes and mishaps, somehow those projects’ turn out the best, it’s like magic!!
You must have a routine set by now, what is one thing that you have learned about yourself through this hobby?
To be a bit more patient, and learn to love sawdust
I don’t even know where I would begin, what is a piece of advice you have for someone that may want to start doing this?
Just do it!
Thank you so much Jill for taking the time to enlighten me and all of our readers about your favorite hobby!
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