Getting Through Surgery And Back To Making Guitars

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Getting Through Wrist Surgery to Get Back to Making Guitars

 Hi. Most of you know that I earn my living – with my hands – building acoustic guitars. I’m thrilled to have clients across Canada and around the world and an order book that stretches two years into the future. My work is receiving praise internationally (wonderfully gratifying!).

 Unfortunately, all of that came to a halt in April. Woodworking – even on something as delicate as guitars – puts a lot of pressure on the body. Almost out of the blue, I had to stop work due to the pain from a bone impaction and torn ligaments in my wrist. (I can’t even play my own guitars!)

  After consulting several orthopedic specialists, I am slated for surgery in August. The prognosis for a full recovery is very encouraging – provided I give my wrist the time it needs to heal which is roughly 2 months. At that point, I can start back to work, slowly.

  This is where you – with my deepest appreciation - come in.

  While my wrist will be on vacation, my bills won’t be. This includes paying ongoing expenses for my workspace and home during my recovery.

   Guitarmaking is my passion, my choice in life. I am so grateful for the respect I receive from musicians and friends in Canada and internationally. But … making ends meet financially, as a custom builder, is really tough.

    And so, I’m asking for your support to raise $20,000 to get me through to December 2019, when I can start building full-time – and billing - once more.

   If you’d share this campaign with your friends by email, Facebook, Instagram – whatever your preference – I’d really appreciate it.

   Finally, if you have any questions, please get in touch anytime.

   Many thanks in advance!            



   Read About My Work Here:



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Sometimes I go out to my shop and just sit. There are a couple of guitars that were close to being finished that lay on my bench...waiting. I miss building, working with my hands, feeling the satisfaction of finishing one job in a list of many to build a guitar. I miss my shop, the space where I feel good, confident, knowing that I'm adding something beautiful to the world.
Since my injury I've been left to filling my days with other things. At first, I found this difficult and I was irritated that I had to "look for things to do to fill my days", something that wouldn't hurt my hand. For someone who loves working with their hands, this is a very difficult thing to do...stop working with their hands. So, I am filling my days with other things and ever thankful that this injury can be fixed and I will be back to work in about four months.
I have extended the deadline for my GoFundMe campaign. I am almost 75% of the way to my goal and I hope to reach it before I go to surgery.
Thank you, again, to all who have shared, sent words of encouragement and donated.
This is not easy to do, to keep sharing and asking for help, but, it's a necessary part of this kind of thing and I appreciate your patience.
Please feel free to share in person, by email, on social media or posters on poles (kidding!)
With much gratitude,
p.s. This is a picture of my main bench with two guitars very patiently waiting for me.
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We are two weeks away from the end of my Go Fund Me campaign and 2/3 of the way to my goal.
The response has been amazing so far! I have so much gratitude for the help I've received.
I miss being in my shop, working with the wood, watching my creations come to life. It's where I feel I'm in my element.
I'm thankful this is not a permanent thing, that my injury is fixable with surgery. That is what gets me through the, sometimes, long days. It's what gets me through the moments when I can't even lift a plate off the table because of the pain and weakness in my right hand.
Sharing, passing the word on, donating, it all helps. Thanks, again, to all who have helped.
1/3 more to go.
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Joel Haslam from CTV News in Ottawa did a story on my GoFundMe campaign. For those who missed it, here's a link:
We're two thirds of the way to my goal. Thanks for the fantastic response so far!
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I just got word this afternoon that they are able to do my surgery on July 11!! Fantastic news!
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