I'm sure everyone can remember where their first expos-er to Music and Building things began
For Me It was with My Grandpa ,Guess I was around 5 years old or so, long time ago I'm now 64
and still Love to play Music and build things. Not just Guitars ,Chairs, Swings, Tables. Toys, Built most of My Own, Poor Boy Toys you might say. I didn't Know the difference Back then you couldn't afford it you built it yourself. I went on to build many things over the years even My Houses. Grandpa also taught Me the value of Hard work. Grandpa never played guitar but played Spoons and percussion on Syrup Cans and Oatmeal Box's ,Help Me Build My first Guitar .Was noting more than a stick stuck through a Oatmeal Box, Got Me started been playing ever since. He had a Beautiful Voice. I use to set on The porch and listen to Him Sing . When He sang in Church You would think You were listing to an Angel He got many request to sing. When His friends came over Junior and Raugh one played guitar and the other Banjo . Talk a bought some fine entertainment , I would set on the porch and listen to them all evening. That's how it was done back then Country folk entertaining there self”s He Built Many Things Tables Chairs What Not Stands Shelves and was an excellent Wood carver. Would set and watch Him work Learn so much from Him it was Amazing.
My Daddy was the first that Taught Me How to play Guitar. He was a very good Musician Excellent Guitar Player. Played in the Clubs and Bars around south Alabama. Even Played with Hank Williams in The Early Years, They live close together and got together often to Play. Dad lived in Red Level Al and Hank Live in Georgina Al very close to each other. Dad never hit the big time like Hank. Guess The responsibly and stress of raising 7 Kids held him Back .But He was one hell of a guitar player . Was only 51 when He died. Wish I could sit down and play with Him Now. Just finish My 7th Cigar Box Guitar Guess I'm Hooked still Love to Play Sing and write Song's . Still got many Factory Guitars also
I collected over the pass 5 Decades. Oh what a deference 64 years Makes . Well That's My story of how I got stated . Would Love to Hear Yours
Your Cigar Box Guitar Loving Friend James O