Making Music in Advanced Woodworking

WHS junior creates guitar as a class project

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Over two months ago, junior Landon Zack started a new project that would combine two of his passions—music and advanced woodworking. After taking woodworking classes with Jesse Anderson since his freshman year, Zack has developed his skills and used them to create pieces that are both functional and artistic, like his most recent project, a guitar. Zack has played the guitar for over two years and used his latest project to further his musical ability.

“Obviously it was pretty overwhelming starting it at first, but once you get down to it and start doing it, it’s really not that hard,” Zack said. “Honestly, there haven’t been that many challenges. It’s gone really smoothly.”

With a project this large, Zack used inspiration from the guitars he already owns to make the newest addition of his collection.

“I have a guitar at home that looks pretty much just like it. So I took everything off of that guitar and drew a template and kinda used that roughly,” Zack said. “I started looking around for wood and found this really nice cedar and then I figured maple would look good in the middle and then walnut for the back.”

Although the project has been time-consuming and sometimes overwhelming, Zack feels it has helped him not only as a musician, but as a student as well.

“It was really fun. I had a lot of fun doing it,” Zack said. “Before I started working on it, I was just kinda sitting around, not doing anything, but now I’m like really motivated and I can’t wait to come to woodworking class.”