Anyway, Managing many ideas at the same time, you can't start them all at once, so you make a mock-up and take pictures.
I used to do everything in the living room and kitchen. It get's too complicated though, when there may be days on end when you can't pay attention to the project, because of the real world and what it takes to survive. Every day you have to make the kitchen counter look like nothing happened before the wife gets home. I have plenty of ideas to last me for the rest of my life but when ever I build one... I get more.
It starts with an idea. All of a sudden you can imagine a way to put things together that's going to really come out great. In the traditional way of building, you have the design on paper and then you just acquire the stock and make it into those pieces. I think that I am better described as a collector or a painter. or inventor. I love guitar parts and everything about them. When I get the idea then I just go into the collection and pick out stuff to paint with. What I am trying to see is how each part speaks to the others.
Building guitars for me is a labor of love. I do believe that it's my highest calling in the creative realm. The likelihood of someone making a living building guitars is relatively low but that's not why I'm interested in it.
Lutherie is an art that goes back hundreds and hundreds of years. The six string guitar is more popular than any stringed instrument that was ever invented. Yes of course the classical instruments were very important in their day but now they've been overshadowed by Leo Fender and Orville Gibson. I'm not really interested in competing on that level. My interests these days are purely whimsical and farcical. I would rather try to re-invent the guitar every time I build one than figure out a design that can be mass produced. I think my aim is to figure out one that can't be mass produced.
So the point of all this verbiage is to say that most of the time the thought that I put into these is figuring out things that I'm not gonna need to know for the next one. I'm not worried about that at all though because I enjoy every minute of these considerations.
I took a long break from playing. I got my heart broken And I needed a lot of time to put it back together. When I was ready, I realized that I had begun to loathe the time spent waiting for the bus each day on my way into the city. Almost every day while I was standing there I was thinking about how I hadn't played the guitar yet today, And how I probably wouldn't get a chance to play it before the end of the day either.
So I kind of stumbled into a good thing when I started carrying the first one along with me on my commute. People gave me so much attention because they had never seen one like that before. I never acted like a busker. There's no way for you to give me money in a guitar case and I never put out a hat. I actually make it pretty hard for people to tip me. You have to shove money into a pocket or something because I'm not even gonna put out my hand. I think there's a lot of people that find this refreshing. When somebody is playing in the subway you always look to see how much money is in the guitar case. If you're enjoying it then you feel like you owe the guy something for enjoying it but all you wanted to do is wait for the subway.
My favorite musicians are not so concerned with what you think of it. They just learned how to play something that they really like to hear and that they really like to do. That's where I'm going with my playing now. I play the same thing over and over for days but I keep moving so the audience doesn't know about that. The people in New York City give me so much encouragement that I can't even imagine moving away from here.
Some people think of their music as work. I don't have the proper education for that but it sure is fun to play the things that I like to play.
Before I started playing on my commute I always had to look at my hands. When you're playing in New York City you have to "keep your eyes on the road". I get the best feeling ever now when I wonder what my hands are going to do next because I rarely have to look anymore.