I picked up this instrument in August of last year. Outside of my bicycles it's one of the best investments I've made. Learning to play has been a lot of fun. Experimenting with different picking patterns has shown me how to bring some songs to life. I played during Street Music Week last June and it was a blast.
Kathy has been riding a lot more this year. Getting two new bikes, one road and one touring, can cause that. All the smoke in the air makes for a pretty sunset but it sure is hard on the eyes and lungs.
While I was visiting Kathy's side of the family in Illinois I got the idea to make a cigar box guitar. This is my first attempt. I went with a cardboard box and nylon strings. There are no frets so I use a slide to play. Nylon strings take a while to stop stretching but as long as the strings are in tune it sounds surprisingly good. There are only two strings right now because I broke one. Those eye-hook bolt tuners don't work nearly as well as regular tuners.
Next, I'm going to try a wooden cigar box and bronze wound guitar strings. And real tuners.