Harmonica case #1: The harmonica case for the Harmonica case collector

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Blog entry by gurnie posted 07-01-2011 04:22 PM 2574 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So this is a commissioned harmonica case that I am working on. this gentleman wanted his likeness on a harmonica case. So i sketched out an idea of him leaning against a brick wall, playing his harmonica. His likeness would be done in intarsia.

I’ve been working on this project on and off for about 4 months, maybe longer – taking my time so i enjoy it making it. treating it like a piece of art and not a “task” i have to complete. I think it’s coming along.

Last night I did the finger joints. the idea is to make the bloodwood like like a brick wall:

As you can see the box itself is a little big for the harmonica but i am going to use foam to keep it from moving around.

the top and bottom have not been done yet. I was thinking for the bottom i’d have either a piece of ebony or walnut sticking out to make it look like he was standing on asphalt. Also you will notice his legs are a little big for his figure – I have to shape his legs so that way it looks like one leg is bent at the knee joint and the other leg is leaning against the wall

as for the “wall” i have experimented on how the brick will look on this piece. here is my test piece. i think it looks amazing

I think things are really starting to look like my sketch

anyways so that’s what I have to report

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#1 posted 07-01-2011 04:28 PM

Definitely art! This is going to look great!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 07-01-2011 06:54 PM

It’s a beautiful box. Looking at your photos reminded me of a photo I took on 2nd Ave in Nashville one Summer night. This young man is a friend of mine who was playing his guitar and dreaming on 2nd Ave. I hope he makes it far in this world. He’s a great harmonica player as well.

I called this photo: “Dreams on 2nd Ave”

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 07-02-2011 12:47 PM

oh my!!
a fantastic piece of art in the making

I really enjoyed (am enjoying) the creative process coming to life.
Thank you so much for sharing this journey with us!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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