Finished up visiting friends and family so now I’m chilling in Saginaw. I spent a week without working, which was kind of nice because I was able to do a lot of house hunting. I was even more motivated because I’m staying with some high school friends and I’m sleeping in a spare bed in one of their rooms. They have no stove and no washer and dryer. It will be nice to finally get my own place, but for now I can adapt and I appreciate their hospitality.
This past week I started working at Mule Resophonic Guiatars (http://muleresophonic.com/). I started by going through some power tool crash courses so I don’t chop my hand off on several of the dangerous machines there. Then I started working on making some of the basic parts of the guitars. I’m flanging steel frames and cutting up wood guitar necks. I’m doing the early stages of the process before it gets overly complicated, but eventually I’ll get more involved in aspects of the whole process.
Overall, it’s been an awesome place to work. I had a really good relationship with the owner in high school, and he has really grown his craft and following since then. So It’s pretty cool and I feel honored to be asked to be a part of it. He runs the shop in a fun way where it could be really stressful with the wrong leadership. He is a good teacher which is huge for my lack of experience in making guitars. The work itself is immensely satisfying as well. It’s cool to be involved in the entire process and seeing the craftsmanship that goes into a single guitar is awesome. There is a very human element in the work as well. The connection from the maker to the buyer is huge. In our case they have been on the waiting list to get one of these guitars for maybe more than a year. So talking to them and keeping them in the process and letting them know we are making a specifically guitar for them and them only is huge.
Overall, I am incredibly blessed to fall into an awesome job like this. I’m excited to continue working and learning as much as I can! We’ll see what other adventures pop into my life as I settle into living in Saginaw!