My absolute favorite part of luthierie is sharing the excitement when my art suddenly becomes your tool to make your art.
A spark flies, a connection is made as the instrument is handed to you, or you pull it from the case the first time. I have lived very intensely with the instrument for months, but now it is yours, beginning a new life with you.
Sometimes, I'm lucky enough to be there when it happens.
Corey Brown visited the shop on Friday for a fitting, and to decide which bass of the almost finished matched pair would become his. Corey's friend Aaron visited with him, managing to catch this spark — this transfer — on film: Meeting Orchid.
It was a pleasure to meet Corey in person, after months of correspondence. One of the first things he said was:
"I wasn't sure how this could work, with just email. But the template felt good, and here they are...it worked. (Orchid) is just amazing."
You're probably wondering which one of the two in-progress curly maple Orchids he's chosen. Heh.