Wildcard Guitars, PA

Four years ago Oola and I traveled to the tiny luthier shop of Wildcard Guitars in Oakland, CA.  Since then Wildcard (Steve Card) has moved to Port Angeles, WA ( where the world is clean, quiet, friendly, affordable, spacious, polite, smart, beautiful, uncrowded, capable, curious…) and he opened his shop there.  Here’s a peek. Here’s… Continue reading Wildcard Guitars, PA

Trip to Lafayette and Mighty Fine Guitars

The smell of French Polish lingers in the studio, and The WildCard has finished a second Octave mandolin.  This is the sister of Octave Mando 1 which currently can be seen at Thin Man Strings, in Alameda, CA. A click on any picture will lead to an enlarged version.  Right click on the slide show… Continue reading Trip to Lafayette and Mighty Fine Guitars

Trip to Fort Ross, second time

We tried to visit Fort Ross on the northern California Coast last year only to find that the park is closed during the week.  This time all was perfect. Fort Ross was established by the Russians to harvest (steal) sea otter pelts and grow wheat for their Alaskan colonies.  They brought Native Alaskans (slaves) who… Continue reading Trip to Fort Ross, second time

Trip to Berkeley, Wildcard Guitars

Starting at beginning of the Trip to Berkeley posts: When you come to Wildcard Guitars (formerly known as Mr. Rioso Guitars), you will recognize it by this clever sign.  Ring his bell and be taken upstairs to his loft shop.  It seems very cramped, but the Wildcard says there are many luthier shops in the… Continue reading Trip to Berkeley, Wildcard Guitars

Roadtrip to Morro Bay

Oola’s trip to Morro Bay. Off again in the ubiquitous-blue Prius with Mom’s Memorial Chihuahua in the back window, this time to reunite with Morro Rock on the central coast of California.  Actually, Oola doesn’t remember Morro Rock, as she has been only a packet of plastic clay until recently,  at least in geological terms. She… Continue reading Roadtrip to Morro Bay