Help GuitarMaker Rebuild After Fire

$26,926 of $65,000 goal

Raised by 416 people in 47 months



On New Years Eve 2014, Shad Peters, a husband, father, friend, and talented guitar-maker/Luthier behind Peters Instruments lost his entire workshop to an accidental fire that leveled the building. Along with all of his tools, he lost countless irreplaceable personal/family items, and a handfull of custom one-of-a-kind guitars he was creating...

(More photos and details of the fire on the Star Press Newspapers website)

My name is David DelaGardelle. Shad has been one of my closest friends my entire life. And as a fellow young craftsman and artist; I walked alongside him all throughout early high school and into college as he passionately journeyed deeper into his craft. He has spent the past 10+ years diligently learning the art of guitar making, earnestly building his workshop from scratch, and saving every spare penny he had for new tools to pursue his life-long dream.


To say that the loss of his shop was devastating would be a gross understatement...
This incident took over $70,000 in tools, machinery, custom guitars, irreplaceable personal/family items, and leaves the future for him, his wife, and two year old daughter very uncertain.
Unfortunately on top of all of that; Shads home insurance is only covering a very minimal fraction of the damage done, not nearly enough to even begin to repair and rebuild.

The goal of this Gofundme campaign is ultimately to help support Shad and his family, not just to build a new workshop from the from the ground up, but also to help propel him into the next stage of his journey as a young artisan and ever-learning Luthier.

Please consider contributing anything you can towards helping Shad take the next steps towards rebuilding and restarting!

Even the smallest amount helps, and is more of a blessing to him and his family than can be expressed with words.

Thank you so much and God bless!

Some people have expressed they would rather give through paypal. Those who share that concern can follow this link  https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=CBFLVwMfbt__t3kOlHIKcDE0SQc56rfyzkWpGWiqjE0h9pbyc_Zcn4djkyG&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8d66f31424b43e9a70645c907a6cbd8fb4

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Hey Everyone! been a while since I posted on here, life has been pretty chaotic the last couple months as you might well imagine. Things are going well here and I have pretty cool things to make public. After the fire we were not sure what the future was going look like, but thanks to everyone who has helped us out it has proved to be a blessing in many ways (as strange as that is to say) and has afforded us some new opportunities. Currently we are in the process of moving the shop to a new location, and Peters Instruments has found a new home settled next to Sam's Custom Woodworking​. Sam is a good friend who happily opened up his shop and made room for me to move in. For the past month or so I have been working on setting up a space to work within his shop where I can control temperature and humidity fairly closely, and now I'm starting to move things in.
The fire left a pretty big mess, but thanks to the help of friends and family it is almost completely cleaned up, even the four massive trees that were torched by the fire are now cut down and cleared away and we can put our garage back up. I won't be working out of it any longer, but we still have to rebuild. I'll try to keep this page updated more often as we continue to progress. Thanks to everyone out there who lent us a helping hand in getting back on our feet!
quick shot of part of the new work shop
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HOLY COW! you guys are awesome. almost 20k, anybody wanna be the 10 bucks that puts us over the 20000 mark?
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11000 dollars in 3 days is absolutely insane. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped out. We are blown away.
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We have been blown away your response and generosity. We seriously can't put into words how thankful we are.
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Dana Peters
46 months ago

Eric that's awesome! I don't know if many people read these comments though. I'm his mom. Maybe post on his facebook wall :)

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Eric Clayton
46 months ago

I met Shad through craigslist when he was interested in possibly buying a woodworking machine from me. Somehow it came out that I'm a member of a Celtic band The Crossing and lo and behold, he had heard of us and likes our music. We are interested in playing a benefit concert to help raise funds for Shad, either in Muncie, or possibly in Indianapolis? And possibly in conjunction with other musicians. It is apparent that there are many other musicians out there that would like to help, so I'm wondering if there is any interest in an endeavor like this? We have our own sound equipment with a 20 channel mixing board, so we could probably handle whoever might want to join. Shad said he might be able to get me in contact with a pastor in the area, so I'm hoping that someone may step up who can help coordinate something on that end. Contact me at eclayton711@gmail.com if you know of any leads. Blessings, -Eric Clayton

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Valery Hurdle
46 months ago

Lots of musicians out here that want to help you, because we need people like you. God bless.

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Jeff Silver
46 months ago

Shad, sorry to hear about your shop. Please contact me to discuss what we can donate from our product line: fret wire, tools, buffing compound and buffs, etc. jeff@jescar.com

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Jim Riosa
46 months ago

Done and shared. And this from a fiddle player. My shared community had a number of other instrument builders in the us and Canada. Hope it spreads.

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Dana Peters
47 months ago

tha is so kind! The support from from everyone is so encouraging!

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Joe Richards
47 months ago

I will have to give next month when I get my disability benefits. I might have a extra 20.00$ for you.just don't give up there's a reason for everything.

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John Bauers
47 months ago

If you can, Help

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$20
Gary Rizzolo
37 months ago

Glad to hear everything is getting back on track. All the best to you and your family. Gaz

KP
$15
Kara Penney
42 months ago

Good luck and God bless

TF
$50
Todd Fleming
43 months ago

as a woodworker I can't imagine how hard this must be to lose one's shop and projects. Good luck to you.

HL
$25
Heath Lane
44 months ago

Stay strong! Will pass this on to as many folks as I can. :)

DE
$10
David Elgass
44 months ago

Keep the faith.

PG
$150
Philip Gould
44 months ago

This is money from my last two guitar repairs hope all goes well. Regards fellow luthier

Dana Peters
46 months ago

Eric that's awesome! I don't know if many people read these comments though. I'm his mom. Maybe post on his facebook wall :)

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Eric Clayton
46 months ago

I met Shad through craigslist when he was interested in possibly buying a woodworking machine from me. Somehow it came out that I'm a member of a Celtic band The Crossing and lo and behold, he had heard of us and likes our music. We are interested in playing a benefit concert to help raise funds for Shad, either in Muncie, or possibly in Indianapolis? And possibly in conjunction with other musicians. It is apparent that there are many other musicians out there that would like to help, so I'm wondering if there is any interest in an endeavor like this? We have our own sound equipment with a 20 channel mixing board, so we could probably handle whoever might want to join. Shad said he might be able to get me in contact with a pastor in the area, so I'm hoping that someone may step up who can help coordinate something on that end. Contact me at eclayton711@gmail.com if you know of any leads. Blessings, -Eric Clayton

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Valery Hurdle
46 months ago

Lots of musicians out here that want to help you, because we need people like you. God bless.

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Jeff Silver
46 months ago

Shad, sorry to hear about your shop. Please contact me to discuss what we can donate from our product line: fret wire, tools, buffing compound and buffs, etc. jeff@jescar.com

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Jim Riosa
46 months ago

Done and shared. And this from a fiddle player. My shared community had a number of other instrument builders in the us and Canada. Hope it spreads.

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Dana Peters
47 months ago

tha is so kind! The support from from everyone is so encouraging!

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Joe Richards
47 months ago

I will have to give next month when I get my disability benefits. I might have a extra 20.00$ for you.just don't give up there's a reason for everything.

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John Bauers
47 months ago

If you can, Help

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