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I want to thank all of those in the CBG community who have taught me, supported me, learned from me... and especially been my customers.
I know there has been a lot of talk about me and my Back Porch Mojo of late, and I just want to take a moment to clear up some of the facts and fiction. I have basically stopped building at this time. For better than a year I have suffered from some really nasty tendonitis in my right elbow and shoulder. these were the perils of being an everyday builder!! I tried everything to combat it from physical therapy twice a week for almost 9 months, to mulitple cortizone injections, anti-implamitory medicines, everything!! Back at the end of February I was given 2 choices, having surgery and be sidelined for 4-6 months, or stop building. neither choice a good one. I made my living and supported my family with Cigar Box Guitars!! and either choice left me with the realization I would have to stop doing what I loved. so I kept building and began looking for other employment. much to my suprise I stepped right into a great gig, not as sexy as CBG"S but it was the vehicle to take care of my family.
One problem solved I found a way to support the family, but it involved me being away from home all week leaving only the weekends to do the good work. I quickly fell behind. so down to facts and fiction. I do owe some good folks some guitars. and while I know a few have been vocal here on the nation about being forgotten about, nothing is further from the truth. I am brutally aware of what is owed and to who, and it will be made right!!! I sold over 500 guitars as numbered Back Porch Mojo creations and several hundred more basic creations in a little more than 4 years of time. I also have sold thousands of parts orders and hundreds of guitar kits in my time. My only goal in any of it was to spread the Joy and fun of CBG's. Now this is not an excuse for those who fell victim to my health and the timing of my transition from a day to day CBG builder to the working world.
I have as time allowed been trying to make contact with those folks who I have let down. I have asked them for the understanding of the situation I am in now with such a limited time frame. I have devoted the past few years to making folks CBG happy, and will do my best to resolve the issues I have with these folks.
Lastly Thanks to all of you who have been there to support me, to defend me, and be friends of not only me but of my passion. My time as a regular CBG are for the time being over, but Big Daddy will be around, and there will be from time to time some new mojo out there.
Darren "Big Daddy"
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