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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.

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Thanks, Devon!
 

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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.
 

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

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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:





:)
 

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

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Thanks Dan, Petey
 

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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!!
 

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

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

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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!
 

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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!
 

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Absolutely beautiful.
 

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What a beautiful piece of wood and guitar. At 250 years old that tree must have been massive. Burr Oak is one of the fastest growing oaks. I have one in my yard that I planted about 25 years ago so it is probably between 30-35 years old total. It was about 3" in diameter when I planted it and now is about 24" in diameter.
 

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A great story and a great job Patrick.
 
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