Four little barncasters....

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  1. Freeman Keller

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    It seems like everyone who builds solid body guitars sooner or later builds one out of reclaimed wood - a barn caster. Well, I did too, but mine have a bit more of a story behind them.

    It starts with the fact that my wife and I have been long term members of a conservation group that has purchased and set aside many acres of land in Washington State for preservation, wild life habitat, and the use of local residents. They recently acquired a large piece of property with two old homesteads, they are historic and I volunteered to work on one of the old barns.

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    One of the problems is that there is a great horned owl that nests in the barn, we had to time our work around her schedule of hatching and raising her chicks (bad picture but there is an owl up there)

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    I was digging thru some scrap wood and found a "board" 2 inches thick, 16 wide and 8 feet long (they told me later it was part of the watering trough the draft horses used). I brought it home

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    cut out a body

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    routed cavities

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  2. Freeman Keller

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    I'll readily admit to cheating. I really like carving necks and take a great deal of pride in doing it, but I had a couple of knock off necks so I decided to use one. I like to make my heads enough unlike name brand necks that you will immediately not recognize them,

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    inlayed the little rosewood owl

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    Decided to use TruOil on this one. I normally finish in nitro but the organic finish seemed more appropriate - I think this is about 24 or 25 coats

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    Shielded cavities, installed pickups and wiring and stuff, the first one got SM Golden Age pups (about as good a generic pickup as you'll find)

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    Very nice!
     
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    :eek: Shut the barn door! That's really nice!
     
  5. Freeman Keller

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    So the other interesting parts of this little saga, first, I donated the guitar to the Land Trust which owns the property the barn is on. At their annual dinner they auctioned if off, it frankly sold for a whole lot more money that I thought it was worth.

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    Secondly, the old homestead is in sagebrush country in eastern Washington. We have had a number of wild fires burn thru that area in the last couple of years, this one was two years ago. The location of the homestead and barn is just off the picture to the right, the dirt road goes up to it

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    The barn was not destroyed in the blaze, the fire burned all around it but some how spared it. The owl raised her chicks, came back last year and this, and this year had three little ones in the nest when I poked my head in.

    Life is good

    ps - there is a sequel to the barncaster saga if anyone is interested
     
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    cool..:cool:
     
  7. Davecam48

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    Excellent! How many left in the plank?

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    Taking the thread title into account, going to go out on a limb and guess there are 3 more to come...o_O
     
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    Looks fancier than mine...

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    No sandpaper was used during the finishing of mine, and very little shellac.
     
  10. Davecam48

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    Duuuuuuuhhhhhh...................How could I be so stupid?????????

    I think it was I was so excited when I read Barncaster I didn't read the title.:confused:o_O

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    That looks great!! The natural finish really looks good.
     
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    That's a beautiful looking finish and a great looking guitar. Can't wait to see more.
     
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    Wow!
     
  15. Freeman Keller

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    So the guitar got auctioned with proceeds to the Land Trust, and a friend called me and said he was bidding on it but got shut out. He wanted it for his son, would I consider building another. Sure, I told him, make your last bid as a contribution to the Land Trust. My son heard about this and said he would like one, I said just write a check to the Land Trust.

    Figured as long as I was cutting, I might as well make three more bodies out of the wood that was left.

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    One of them got built with a set of Budz pups, including a P90 in the neck per the owner's request and flipped controls

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    TruOil finish

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  16. mistermikev

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    that is an outstanding clear on there. surprised it's to as it seems very clear. nice work.
     
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    Wicked job, they look incredible - and for a great cause, too!
     
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    Fantastic work and just beautiful.... what a great story as well.
     
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    Beautiful instruments and a great story! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Man.... I wish I could play well enough to justify owning some of the beautiful and unique instruments you guys build.
    I really do.
    My hats off to you. Nice work on so many levels.
     
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