When making my first pieces, I had the privilege of making a custom wallet for my dad from one of his favorite musician's guitar strings.
For almost as long as I can remember, my dad and I have been playing and singing together, and throughout the years, music is what's always brought us together. He raised me on The Beatles, The Eagles, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Queen, and many more classics, while I've shown him some of my new generation favorites like Alabama Shakes, Grizzly Bear, Hundred Waters, Lost in the Trees, Arcade Fire, and more.
In recent years, my dad has shared with me an artist who is undeniably great at his craft--a man who has become his favorite artist to see in concert, to take workshops with, and to recommend to his friends. And I can't blame him! The man is brilliantly talented and a treat to see live. Tommy Emmanuel has been named Best Acoustic Guitarist by Guitar Player Magazine and Acoustic Guitar Magazine, amongst many others.
While he regularly gives his strings to Wear Your Music, I was extremely humbled to receive a couple of sets from his recent tour in Japan.
And from these, I was able to make a little gift for my dad.
I think he likes it.