Ed Stilley, God and Guitars

Guitars are a thing of measurement and precision. Intonation, tone, expressiveness, color: the artisan strives to craft each instrument to have the best of these nebulous, yet integral qualities. Many luthiers (guitar builders) spend their entire lives learning centuries-old techniques in order to craft the perfect body, perfect neck, every detail of the perfect instrument. Ed Stilley is a luthier. But unlike most luthiers, Ed Stilley never learned the techniques that go into making a guitar. In fact, Ed Stilley doesn’t know the first thing about the tradition, but that doesn’t stop him. Share... Read The Rest →

The Barefoot Sensei

noggBLOG permalink Deep in the Hoh Rain Forest of western Washington is a tree stump, and inside that stump lives a man named Mick Dodge. He is the stuff of rumors. A real, living wood ape, a whisper from the lips of dubious townspeople, an earthling of the very definition. He is also, surprisingly enough, a cookie snob. Share → Tweet

Down to Your Skivvies

noggBLOG permalink Packing is one of those things we just can’t hyperbolize enough about how badly we hate it. It’s the worst. It’s terrible. It’s so tedious I just want to die! Alright, alright, we get it. Really, it’s not that bad. And if it really is that bad, you’re doing it wrong. Take it from consummate professionals with packing in their job description: the U.S. Marines This is tying a skivvy roll. Share → Tweet

An American Shakespeare in Paris

noggBLOG permalink In the 1920s, in what was perhaps the heyday of American expatriatism, no city attracted more American artists than Paris, and no Parisian bookstore attracted more American writers than Shakespeare & Co.  Share → Tweet

Paul Metzger’s Mad Science

I’m not interested in what someone can do, but very I’m interested in who they are. —Paul Metzger In the late 70s, St. Paul native Paul Metzger drilled several small holes in a Yamaha acoustic guitar. 30-odd years later, he’s on the third draft of his fully modified 23-string banjo. Share → Tweet

Collated, But Never Copied: The Demise of Sutton Family Fasteners

noggBLOG permalink Out with the old, in with the new. In many ways, it’s the unofficial mantra of the Information Age. Anything over three years old is considered past its prime. Anything older than 20 years is ancient. But as we push forward, what are we leaving behind? This second Enlightenment brought about by the Internet may give us almost-universal access to an unprecedented wealth of knowledge, but is this wealth of knowledge, this perpetual quest for advancement, so great that it could potentially eclipse parts of the old world... Read The Rest →

Rediscovering the “The Anthology”

noggBLOG permalink Referred to by those in the right circles simply as “The Anthology,” The Smithsonian Anthology of American Folk Music is arguably the most important collection of music in the last 75 years. (It’s got the Smithsonian on it, so you just know it must be important!) This week, for the first time since its original pressing, The Anthology will once again be made available on 33rpm record. Share → Tweet

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