Last weekend was the 2nd Guitars for Vets build in Hudson Wisconsin.
“Guitars for Vets, Inc. (G4V) is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of ailing and injured military veterans by providing them with guitars and music instruction. Through self-expression and the healing power of music, it is our intent to restore the feelings of joy and purpose that can be lost after suffering trauma. The healing power of music in the hands of heroes.” For more information link to Guitars For Vets .
The sound of sandpaper on the first day was like a hive of bees. George & Emily Vondriska and their family opened up their woodworking school Wild Earth and engineered the logistics and skill training to make it all possible.
Along with many new faces, last years returning volunteers knew the steps to keep the build on track. I participated with some sanding and chiseling on the necks and helped David Radtke spray the finish on the guitars. As usual, I brought my camera. You cannot go wrong with goodwill as a photo subject. You can see it was a smiling, heartfelt weekend of woodworking.
A total of twenty guitars were built from kits and six donated guitars were also refurbished, tuned and added to the available instruments for the local VA chapter. I even brought in the guitar I used as a teenager to donate. Had it for… 40 years. A better home and hands awaits its future. It feels right.