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Burr Oak Guitar from a 250-year old "legacy tree"

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Project by Patrick Jaromin posted 09-30-2019 01:54 PM 1128 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When the local parks district was forced to cut down a 250+ year old Burr Oak tree – known locally as the “Hobson Oak,” they decided to have the lumber milled, kiln dried, and then donated to local artisans to build items from it for auction to raise funds for the non-profit organization.

Here is one of 2 guitars I crafted from my slab.

The board was over 2” thick, but severely twisted. I used hot melt glue to attach securely to a waste board and used my CNC to flatten the top (too wide to fit through planer). I cut it into 2 slabs and resawed 1 into 2 sets of book-matched pieces for the top and bottom. The third piece had singificant checks and voids that were cut out as it was chambered for weight relief.

The neck is rosewood on rosewood with a thin Maple strip sandwiched between the neck and fretboard. The inlays are red Corian and white mother-of-pearl.

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL http://www.TenonAndSpline.com/blog





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d_sinsley

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#1 posted 09-30-2019 03:20 PM

very cool

-- Devon

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Patrick Jaromin

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#2 posted 09-30-2019 04:05 PM

Thanks, Devon!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL http://www.TenonAndSpline.com/blog

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#3 posted 09-30-2019 04:54 PM

that is a beautiful guitar,should do real well at auction.it’s great the tree will live on in various ways.let us know how it goes.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Patrick Jaromin

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#4 posted 09-30-2019 05:18 PM

Yes, I agree that it’s great to find a way to celebrate the tree. I may bid on this myself. Thanks!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL http://www.TenonAndSpline.com/blog

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#5 posted 09-30-2019 05:44 PM

BTW, had an issue with the CNC during this build – the “Y” axis belt broke, resulting in some misplaced ferrule holes.
So figured I’d turn it into a design element:

:)

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL http://www.TenonAndSpline.com/blog

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#6 posted 09-30-2019 09:14 PM

Love the story behind the tree, and that is a geat guitar!

-- Petey

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#7 posted 09-30-2019 09:26 PM

Beautiful guitar. I’m sure it will do well at auction.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#8 posted 09-30-2019 10:50 PM

Thanks Dan, Petey

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL http://www.TenonAndSpline.com/blog

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#9 posted 10-01-2019 02:40 AM

Wow beautiful piece… I want to do a guitar someday for my little sister and her husband (both love guitars) but I wouldn’t even know where to start!!

-- Matt R

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#10 posted 10-01-2019 04:04 AM

Legacy or not that is a wonderful bookmatch. Nice work.

Good on you for using your skills to help the local parks.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#11 posted 10-01-2019 11:56 AM

Beautiful guitar, and a great story.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Patrick Jaromin

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#12 posted 10-01-2019 12:16 PM

Thanks all!

Matt R – Do it! There are videos all over Youtube that will guide you through the process. You could also always start with a kit which will basically bypass the basic woodworking and take you right to the part of making it playable first. For an experienced woodworker, the basic process is pretty straightforward. One of my favs is Fletcher Handcrafted Guitars. Excellent videos on the entire process: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0nNrFjIBDMrPAbbij6oXIw

Good luck!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL http://www.TenonAndSpline.com/blog

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#13 posted 10-01-2019 12:31 PM



Thanks all!

Matt R – Do it! There are videos all over Youtube that will guide you through the process. You could also always start with a kit which will basically bypass the basic woodworking and take you right to the part of making it playable first. For an experienced woodworker, the basic process is pretty straightforward. One of my favs is Fletcher Handcrafted Guitars. Excellent videos on the entire process: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0nNrFjIBDMrPAbbij6oXIw

Good luck!

- Patrick Jaromin

I have spent so much time watching his guitar builds…just as enjoyable and relaxing as watching Bob Ross for me.

And beautiful work! I can’t stop staring!

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#14 posted 10-01-2019 01:46 PM

Sweet!

-- Doug...

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#15 posted 10-01-2019 04:17 PM

Absolutely beautiful.

-- Puddy and paint make me what a carpenter I aint.

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