This is a gallery of the making of the guitar from start to finish. Here’s the blank guitar and I – ready for the adventure ahead of us! The beast in my son’s room. He’s away at college so I commandeered his room as a studio. We couldn’t get it down the stairs into my basement studio. Day One Progress. Sure doesn’t look like much, but took me all day. Detail of leaves Day 2: Some progress from late last night and this morning Water Beer and barley Corn and cranberries Cow spots Can you tell what this is going to be? Gears Cranberries taking shape Corn and cranberries today Day 6, On to the cow spots today Background for the snowflakes. Purples and small blue bits Day 7, moving along slowly but progress is apparent. Corn and cranberries finished this morning (it was dreary and had to take this photo with a flash). Top panels on the front Mirror on knobs. Now we can SEE YOU IN WISCONSIN! Beer and barley – self explanatory Gears represent manufacturing Today’s progress while listening to news reports from Boston. Beer foam and beer stein in progress Changed the shadow on the beer stein and finished the background Day 16: Spent most of the day grinding and re-cutting and placing the letters. Can’t wait to see it vertical so I can tell if they look ok. Cheese in progress Lake in progress Day 18 – outside in the sunlight so I can see it vertically and in natural light. LOVING it. My “peeps. Hubs and generous neighbor Brian Other side view side view Now the adventure moves to the back of the guitar The fish that I started before I even got the guitar now get glued in place and finished. Wisconsin Fish on the Guitar State seal of Wisconsin. Am gluing it backwards to paper and will turn it over into adhesive on the back of the guitar. Capitol Dome in Madison, state bird and state flower Robin and wood violets Wisconsin Sports Day 24 finds me finished glassing the state seal and moving onto the water for the fish. The back of the guitar State seal of Wisconsin glued (reverse method). Now it gets turned over and glued to the back of the guitar. Milwaukee Skyline Wisconsin Musicians names will fill in the spaces on the musical staff Wisconsin wildlife panel: deer, eagle and badger Wisconsin Artists panel featuring Frank Llyod Wright and Georgia O’Keefe The whole back mapped out and drawn Musicians panel. Staff is done and now on to creating letters for the names of musicians. Working all over the back of the guitar Sports panel progress Basketball musician panel Frank Lloyd Wright portion of the Wisconsin Artists panel. End of Day 27 Cutting letters for musician names Badger and start of the eagle on the wildlife panel WI critters almost done – just the background to glue and then on to another panel State seal grouted The very least glamorous or pretty part of the guitar. The side and bottom where panels meet. In this case it’s the bottom where the cheese and WI Wildlife and Frank Lloyd Wright meet. Filling in the background around the musicians names Day 32: Front of the guitar, body all glued Day 32 – progress on the back Wildlife panel drying Ungrouted on the left, grouted fish on the right. I love how grout changes a mosaic Wisconsin Musicians panel all glassed What I’m living with daily on to WI sports WI artists WI artists all glassed and waiting for grout Tedious but necessary side work to join the front and back in a pleasant manner. The musicians met the cranberries and corn today. Had to take some artistic license with the Milwaukee Skyline. I removed some buildings, made some larger, and moved some closer together to better fit the space. Two more panels done and grouted. Milwaukee skyline coming together Sports panels all glassed Skyline done and curing. Now onto the lake and the sky. Lake water is done on the skyline. Moving onto the sky Rounding the curve and heading for home! Sky and water glassed and glued. Now around the curved edges and onto the Capitol dome. Masked-off area will be grouted in white later. Guitar on stand, back State bird perched atop the state seal. Moving on to the top of the back of the guitar. Skyline is done and grouted in both black and white. Grouting in black. The masked-off areas will be grouted in white later. Sports panel and part of the skyline grouted in black Guitar on stand, front (Mother’s Day, 2013) Sunlight! It’s still huge from a distance! Transitioning to the Capitol portion Transitioning to the Capitol portion. State bird and state flowers Working on the Capitol Dome A small, bittersweet sigh of relief as I finish the last large element on the guitar. Now huge deep breaths as I go around the sides to join what remains of the front and the back and then up the neck. Home stretch! Back of the body is grouted Back of the body is fully glassed. Front grouted Grouting the front glassing the neck Grouting the front Front of the neck glassed My intrepid temporary assistant – for whom I am eternally grateful. Headstock being glassed The back of the neck This is what laying the very last piece of glass looks like! (Still have to grout, but it sure felt great to get the glassing done) Statehood year and the special addition of a guitar pick from the Les Paul Foundation.