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Which builder do you feel deserves to win the 2014 Local Woods Build Challenge
Poll ended at Mon Feb 16, 2015 2:22 pm
Matt Bouchie 44%  44%  [ 20 ]
Joe Sallis 40%  40%  [ 18 ]
Theo Delaca 16%  16%  [ 7 ]
Total votes : 45
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 2:22 pm 
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Hi All,

Many thanks to the entrants that took the time to build an instrument for this challenge. The object was to build a stringed instrument of your choice from "local" woods. The term "local" was left up to individual interpretation and the spirit of fairness. I believe all of the builders documented their wood sources. Please take the time to view their threads, listen to their videos and sound clips, and vote for the one that you feel deserves to win with all factors considered.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 2:54 pm 
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I like the sound of one over the others and the looks of one over the others , but their not the same guitar lol.......... Excellent work guys , You ALL have builds to be proud of [:Y:]

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Can't find Theo's guitar.

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Great job all three of you. Plenty to be proud of here! These challenges are great experiences all around. I cast my vote but it wasn't easy.

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Congrats to all three of you. Building with local woods stretches one's abilities and creativity and I thoroughly enjoyed how each of you incorporated your limited palate to create something very special.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:05 am 
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Thanks all.
I really enjoyed the project and being the proud owner of a "talking point" guitar. I think I'll give it to my oldest friend who I haven't seen in 3 or 4 years but will be meeting this year.
He used to inspire me in his creativity. He made folk instruments from rudimentary tools and salvaged materials and could mess with the reeds of bagpipes for hours on end. Though this racket drove us all mad at the time, I now appreciate his dedication to the craft.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2015 1:42 pm 
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That was a very cool challenge and you all pulled it off exceptionally well. It was not easy to cast a vote. Good job! I especially like to see old materials put to good use and the clever ways to get around the local challenge theme.


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SOMEONE HELP ME FIND THEO'S GUITAR!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:40 pm 
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Cool guitars all. I think it's great that folks are exploring alternative woods.

Ben-Had - Theo's thread is just below the other two. Here's a link:

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:09 pm 
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Very nicely done gentlemen !


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I really enjoyed all these builds, and they really kept nicely to the spirit of the contest. Local woods builds are great fun. Wish I would have had time to participate.

Picking one out of the three for me was more random than anything. They are all winners. :D


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Holy crap! Did I win?! Wow, thanks to all the voters! I wouldn't have been surprised at all to have come in third. All the builds were worthy of winning, IMO. It was a very fun project. Having it played on stage by Peter Mulvey and David Goodrich was really cool, as well. Thanks to Jay for running the contest, too.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:03 am 
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Well done Matt, you had my vote.
Thanks to all those who took interest in the challenge and well done to Theo for putting in his entry. Thanks also to Jay.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:18 pm 
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Congratulations guys, awesome guitars. [clap]

Thanks everyone for voting and to Jay for hosting this challenge.

I really enjoyed this challenge. Its pretty awesome to see some 'local' builds from different places and see other peoples projects and approach, not to mention the fun participating in this kind of group endeavor with folks from different places. It's pretty great too that we made some cool guitars

I'm not sure if it's too soon to bring this up....but what about the 2015 Challenge? As I recall, I think a winner of the last Challenge hosted this one :D


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Congrats Matt; you've got some ziricote on the way! Well deserved!


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James Ringelspaugh wrote:
Congrats Matt; you've got some ziricote on the way! Well deserved!


Very nice, James! [clap] [:Y:] [clap]

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Whatever happened to the agreement we would divide up the prizes between 1st, 2nd and 3rd?

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CONGRATS MATT!! Well deserved.

You'll love that ziricote. I know you'll do her justice!

I am absolutely in love with mine. Never thought I'd set my old Yamaha aside, but I find it so much less satisfying than the new girl... and before you ask, pic and sound clip are on hold until she's officially complete. I have some fairly severe neck buzz issues that I am scheduling some shop time with a local luthier (Trevor Healy) to address.

I miss going up to Al's shop. Say "hi" to the gang!

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James Ringelspaugh wrote:
Congrats Matt; you've got some ziricote on the way! Well deserved!


Thank you James. It arrived yesterday and is quite nice! I've already got plans to use it for this year's New England Luthiers build! I'll be using a Carpathian spruce top and a set of ancient kauri for the back and sides. This is going to be a very busy year so hopefully I'll be able to get it done.

Joe Sallis wrote:
Whatever happened to the agreement we would divide up the prizes between 1st, 2nd and 3rd?


Joe, I picked the ziricote trim set. Should be your choice for the second prize.

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Robert Lak wrote:
CONGRATS MATT!! Well deserved.

You'll love that ziricote. I know you'll do her justice!

I am absolutely in love with mine. Never thought I'd set my old Yamaha aside, but I find it so much less satisfying than the new girl... and before you ask, pic and sound clip are on hold until she's officially complete. I have some fairly severe neck buzz issues that I am scheduling some shop time with a local luthier (Trevor Healy) to address.

I miss going up to Al's shop. Say "hi" to the gang!

Rob


Thanks, Rob! I wish I had gotten to see and play your ziricote guitar. It's an awesome feeling getting that first one strung up! I actually haven't been up to class yet this year. I was hoping to return last week, but Alan had to cancel class, so hopefully I'll get up there next weekend. Gotta get my baritone done. I hope you are able to get some pictures and sound clips up soon! And you gotta start another one!

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