Music and wine have always gone well together, but never quite like this...
Like most of my projects, this one was inspired by giving an old object new life. In this case, the guitar was one I had used in my job for a few years before it started to fall apart. As soon as the nut fell off, and one of the tuning pegs broke, I decided it was time to expedite the deterioration. Surprisingly, it's not that hard to get the neck of a guitar off it's body. Some light heat from an iron applied above the 14th fret softens the glue. Pry gently and you're free!
One of the main design features in my work is that I put a lot of thought in to the hardware. On most of my pieces, the hardware is either extremely obvious, or not there at all. In this case, I chose huge, bulky bolts to hold the neck on to the base. I've always been intrigued by the way things work, so I tend to want the mechanical aspects of art to be thought provoking. The juxtaposition of the gnarly bolts against the elegance of a musical instrument was really fascinating to play with. This kind of balance is what inspired the name 'Industrial Zen'.
PS, it's ok to use snooty-sounding arty words like 'juxtaposition' if you balance them out in the same sentence with surfer-bum words like 'gnarly'.