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« on: April 30, 2012, 04:13:33 PM »

As many of you know, I'm a heart transplant patient and I've been blessed with a new chance at life. To celebrate and commemorate this gift of more time, I've commissioned a small jumbo build.  I plan to go back to the Cleveland Clinic and encourage those waiting for new hearts....just as I was encouraged by former transplant patients.

It is being built by Christopher Kenney, of Acorn House Workshop. You can follow his blog and the photos of the build here: http://acornhouseworkshop.com/in-the-workshop/

The headstock design being done by Jimmi Wingert of Wingert Guitars, and I've attached the draft and a few more of the start of the "Heart Guitar":

The plan is to have a Cocobolo headstock veneer, fingerboard and body binding with Bloodwood rosette and a heart-shaped soundport. Body will be Osage Orange in mini-jumbo configuration with a Venetian cutaway. The top is Master Grade Italian Spruce, and the Tuners will be open-backed Waverlys with snakewood knobs. I'm having Chris install a B-band dual source pickup for me as well.

This will be a 12 fret design, and with the curve of the mini-jumbo, it should be a very comfortable guitar to hold and play. I've handled one of Chris's builds (an acoustic bass in cedar/walnut) and his attention to fit, finish and tone is awesome. I'm happy to post this here and give him some public attention.

Stay tuned for further developments! Starting to get excited for my first custom guitar....
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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2012, 04:39:46 PM »

Looks like it will be a wonderful guitar and a wonderful way to share with others.  Keep us posted and keep on playin', Tinman!  

P.S. I think I now see the meaning in your forum name.
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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2012, 04:59:17 PM »

Great Story! Beautiful inlay!
I suspect your would agree the cause wasn't worth going through if you could have avoided it, but a great teaching to turn it into wisdom and beauty.  Congrats!   
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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2012, 05:52:38 PM »

Thanks, cke & Tuba Mike - the years since I first fell ill with an enlarged heart were pretty traumatic for our family.  In the midst of it, our handicapped daughter passed away and I was more than ready to follow her....

When you actually WANT to die, God sometimes has a different plan.  Even the docs gave up hope, but they don't call the shots, and I certainly didn't get to either....

All I can do now is dance in the rain!   
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2012, 06:46:14 PM »

Thanks, cke & Tuba Mike - the years since I first fell ill with an enlarged heart were pretty traumatic for our family.  In the midst of it, our handicapped daughter passed away and I was more than ready to follow her....

When you actually WANT to die, God sometimes has a different plan.  Even the docs gave up hope, but they don't call the shots, and I certainly didn't get to either....

All I can do now is dance in the rain!   

Sorry about your daughter but I love your philosophy. May your new guitar be as much pleasure for you as your new heart has given you the opportunity for the pleasure of life. Keep dancin'-- rain or shine!

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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2012, 09:54:56 PM »

So happy to hear about your new lease on LIFE!!!!  Looks like it's going to be a fantastic guitar that will bring you years of enjoyment. Keep the pics coming.
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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2012, 02:33:17 PM »

Thanks, cke & Tuba Mike - the years since I first fell ill with an enlarged heart were pretty traumatic for our family.  In the midst of it, our handicapped daughter passed away and I was more than ready to follow her....

When you actually WANT to die, God sometimes has a different plan.  Even the docs gave up hope, but they don't call the shots, and I certainly didn't get to either....

All I can do now is dance in the rain!  
 Elijah went through this (1 Kings 19) I been through having "enough of this life" myself.
    Thanks for the encouragement, man has more than one heart and I'm uplifted by your thoughts.

     And I'm looking forward to this build thread +1 keep the posts coming, Tinman is way cool
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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2012, 05:01:28 PM »

Thanks, Danny.  We're all just learning how to 'dance in the rain'...  Have a blessed week!   
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2012, 06:17:00 PM »

very cool concept, can't wait to see it unfold.
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« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2012, 05:18:42 AM »

This will be a build to watch.  I love the stories behind these builds, and this one is no exception.  Life has ups and downs and you have seen the downs.  May Christ bless you!

PS Keep the photos coming.
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« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2012, 06:08:54 PM »

Thought I would post a pic of the cheap, low end Waverly - Snakewood tuners that are going on the "Heart Guitar"... drool
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Rainsong H-DR1100N2
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« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2012, 06:23:39 PM »

Here's a note from Chris:
"I've been trying to upload photos to my profile, but its not working. Here is your finished rosette. The shiny bits are glue that will disappear in the finishing process. The bits at the top will be covered by the fingerboard, so you'll have you four heart muscles."
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John Helton Custom OM; Honduran Mahogany Burl
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« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2012, 08:28:43 PM »

really awesome concept
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« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2012, 11:04:13 PM »

Thats going to be a nice guitar, good for you.  Those cheap Waverly's should keep it in tune, they're not Pings but you can't have the best of everything.
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« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2012, 04:15:34 AM »

Got an old set of Pings floating around here someplace...guess I could always stick them on, even if they slip a bit.  I'd hate to ruin the ambiance by sticking just any old thing on it.... bigrin
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« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2012, 11:51:51 PM »

Got a note from Jimmi Wingert today:  "...Here are a few iphone pictures. Don't judge them to harshly :) It's still gunky with glue and the tiny detail pieces haven't been added yet (and the whole face is in the process)"
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« Reply #16 on: May 21, 2012, 12:12:54 AM »

That headstock is going to look great.  Custom guitars allow you to add special touches.  This one i'm sure will stay in the family and be handed down from generation to generation.   
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« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2012, 01:52:30 AM »

Great story Tinman. That new guitar is going to be wonderful.
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« Reply #18 on: May 21, 2012, 12:33:06 PM »

Surprised I have missed this thread.  What a great concept for a guitar.  Glad you are still with us "Tinman".   I am very sorry about your daughter.   The rosette and headstock inlays are looking good.  I will be anxious to follow the build more closely.  Glad you are dancing in the rain.

FWIW I too have had a second chance after a couple of heart surgeries.  I had my aortic valve and part of the aorta replaced (and also came very close to cashing in my chips).  I am planning to inlay an aortic valve design on the headstock of the OM guitar I built last year. 



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« Reply #19 on: May 21, 2012, 12:49:55 PM »


FWIW I too have had a second chance after a couple of heart surgeries.  I had my aortic valve and part of the aorta replaced (and also came very close to cashing in my chips).  I am planning to inlay an aortic valve design on the headstock of the OM guitar I built last year. 





That's so cool!  It is certain to evoke questions and give you an opportunity to share your blessing of extended life.  Heart disease ain't for sissies, is it?   yak
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Acorn House Custom by Chris Kenney:Tinman "Heart   Guitar" SJ; Osage Orange; Master Grade Italian Spruce; Inlay by Jimi Wingert   :D
Rainsong H-DR1100N2
McKnight Mini-Mac V; Madagascar + Italian double top
John Helton Custom OM; Honduran Mahogany Burl
Seagull Parlor in Nashville high tuning
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