I love making things and blues music, so when I heard of a cigar box guitar workshop I had to have a go. The workshop was great, I’ve got a cool looking guitar to hang on the wall, but I still have no musical talent!
The workshop was held by the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, as part of their National Recycling Week activities. What’s it got to do with recycling? All of the timber was recycled from offcuts from a joinery company in the blue mountains. The workshop was taught by Andrew Rignold of Rignold Guitars, a guy who loves blues, guitars, and sustainability so he was a natural fit.
We started off with a work table full of pieces, like a big jigsaw puzzle. Andrew had already pre-assembled the sides of the guitar body from New Guinean Rosewood. Why not an actual cigar box? With our new tobacco laws they aren’t allowed to sell cigars in the boxes anymore, so they’re not brought in. Rather than import empty boxes of air, Andrew made the call to make boxes from timber offcuts. The Rosewood has just the right resonance which makes it perfect for instrument making. They’re pre-made to save time on the day, because watching glue dry is pretty boring.
While I’d love to include a video of me playing some great blues, I totally lack any musical abilities so here’s a short video of Andrew playing one of his creations.