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Soapstone Guitars

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Bush Wiebe, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. Bush Wiebe

    Bush Wiebe Tele-Meister

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    So, I've taking up camping with the kids over the summers and as good as that is, I miss my guitars while I'm gone. So I've taken up soapstone carving as a way to pass the time. And guess what I end up carving:D?

    They're far from perfect I know, but it soothes my soul while I'm away from my other 'children'.
     

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  2. lineboat

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    Very cool. I like it.
     
  3. don71

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    Wow, looks good. How much time does it take to whittle one out?
     
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    I whole-heartedly approve, as both a guitarist and geologist.
     
  5. Bush Wiebe

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    All told it takes me about 4-5 hours to get one done. I have to draw the design, cut my chunk of rock and then begin to carve it down using a variety of files. Some guitars are harder than others but it's a lot of fun to do it.

    This is my first set which I think I'll frame and hang on the wall. I am thinking about what to do next. Any ideas?
     
  6. dented

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    A ukelele?
     
  7. Boomhauer

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    An entire guitar?
     
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    I knew an old man at a shop I worked at before that would whittle shotguns out of soapstone. Are you in the metal trades.
     
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    A real, whole body would be cool.
     
  10. Bush Wiebe

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    No, I'm not in the metal trades at all. Along with my pretend career of playing guitar I also work with disabled people.

    I was thinking of trying a nice archtop in 3D with the bridge, pickguard et al. That would be tough but maybe I'll give it a go. Summer is coming to an end here in Manitoba so I'll think about it over winter. The ukulele is a good idea too. Maybe a banjo...

    Any more ideas? Keep 'em coming!
     
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    What about amps? You could glue a little piece of grill cloth on the front.
     
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    Cigar Box or maybe Bo Diddley's. The Parker Fly is really good.
     
  13. Bush Wiebe

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    Man, some great ideas here! I'll be carving for years. Thanks guys.

    I'd like to take a crack at a few of these guitars again and get them a bit better. That tele took me 3 tries just to get it as it is. If I didn't suck so much I'd be better at it:p.
     
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    Great work! I don't know how big these are, but how about pendants or something to wear around your neck? Or incorporating more detail, like frets, lines for the strings, pickups or something? Or just iconic headstocks?
     
  15. Bush Wiebe

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    Love the idea for more details. I'm gonna do that for sure. The guitars are close to 4 inches tall but even if I need to make 'em bigger to add the detail I can do that.

    I've also tried the pendant thing with a carved guitar pick. Turned out nice I think. And it's not nearly as hard as a guitar:D!
     

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    Nice!
    How about the Billy Bo!!! Billy Gibbons guitar
     
  17. Boubou

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    Would the stone work for making pics? Or is it too soft?

    Nice by the way

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