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Nancy Barnes
  • Youngstown, OH
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Update December 2013:

Back online with a computer again... of course, only a matter of time before wandering back in here as I love handmade music, can't play worth beans, but oh well.  I like making things and enjoy listening to those who can. 

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Bottle Neck Slide Cutter Test

Posted on November 11, 2010 at 4:22am 9 Comments

In a chat about cutting bottle neck slides, I remembered I had this old gadget, a yard sale find, which may or may not be an antique glass cutter for cutting gauge tubes for steam things. So I had to find it... and then I had to try it out.

I rinsed out a hot sauce bottle for the test. Yes, it will scratch a line on the INSIDE of a bottle neck.…


Hope Chest, a newbie's first build

Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:26pm 19 Comments

On Ted's suggestion, I'm blogging to document my first build. Fair warning, I don't know what I am doing so I am just figuring it out as I go and gleaming information wherever I can. This first photo is one some of you have seen before, and then I will bring you up to date as to what I've done so far.

This first build is pretty much just for practice because I have the tendency…


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Welcome to the Clubhouse! How did you hear about us?
Maybe on that YouTube or some other website. I've been wandering the internet trying to figure out how to do things.
What instruments are you building or playing?
UPDATE 9/16/2010: I still want to make a guitar out of leather and wood and a pencil tin. I'm learning to play my first homemade instrument, the 3-string Hope Chest Guitar.

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At 4:16am on December 28, 2013, stringybark said…

Thanks Nancy,,havent been here for awhile myself, busy "building" ukes/guitars, etc. There should be 8 days in the week, one just for building "stuff"....uninterupted!

At 6:45am on May 30, 2013, stringybark said…

Hi Nancy, just come across you're 'first build" page..very nice, I am soon to build my first CBG three or four strings..one of each I guess..hope mine are as good as yours.... You're post is very informative and pictures speak a thousand words..I get things much quicker by sight.. so the pics are great..how many have you built scince 2010? cheers from Australia..(ps I just changed my name to stringy bark..because I like strings and when I sing it sounds like I am barking LOL)


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