This is the first guitar that I made in collaboration with Francis Dick, the first nations artist who painted it. Francis has exhibited her art in many countries around the world and there is a Ph.D. thesis book published about her artwork. This was an idea of mine I approached Francis with after I purchased some old growth red cedar planks. I was sitting in the tub one evening having a soak thinking about what to do with the cedar and it struck me. I phoned Francis right away. I may have even called her from the tub as I often take a phone in there with me. She was really into the idea of a collaboration and thus it began.
It was publicly unveiled and showcased in a live streaming performance from Hermann’s Jazz Club in Victoria, B.C, Canada on Feb.11/2021. These are local musicians that Francis and I know. Francis approached them and they agreed to play and talk about the guitar a bit. The YouTube video will start at the point when the guitar is being introduced and then played. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out and how it sounds. On to starting #2 shortly I hope. Francis will be in charge of getting them sold because of her art world connections.