I think I first came to TDPRI way back in the barn wood days. A google search brought me here. A friend had recently lost his barn due to a tornado and I saved a chunk of wood to make a guitar out of it. Turns out I never did but I did stick around here to watch others get built and eventually learned enough to do my own! So now it is time to build a reclaimed pine guitar proper out of some really nice wood from a really amazing structure, the Globe Grain Elevator, once located in Superior WI, just across the bay from Duluth MN. At one time it was the largest wood grain elevator structure in the world and used to look like this: Construction began in the 1870's with white pine from Northern Minnesota's virgin forests along Lake Superior's North Shore. The trees were felled and dragged to the lake where they were floated down to Duluth in huge chain-encircled rafts. Sawmills on site processed the wood. It was in use almost continuously from 1887 until 1988! It then sat dormant until the mid-2010's when new owners set about to dismantle it and sell the salvaged wood. There are lots of youtube videos of this deconstruction and a great page with in-process photos can be seen here! In 2017 Fender bought a bunch of the wood, sent it out to be torrified, and built a limited run of Teles, Strats, and Jags from the wood. They were beautiful with dark roasted color, nail holes, and knots. They fitted amazing birdseye necks and a Lollar CC neck pickup. I shoulda bought one of those.... Sadly, the contractors who were dismantling the structure started a fire on Dec 17, 2018 and the whole site went up in smoke. There is still some of this amazing wood available on eBay, which is where I bought mine, as well as the owner's website. This build will feature some wood from the elevator and, I hope, an amazing neck. It will be kind of personal for me and my family as the Minnesota's North Shore is our favorite place on earth and we used to drive by the elevator every year on our vacations.