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Mr. Wildcard can make more than guitars.  For those book makers out there who are interested in having a press clamp, here’s a honey-do the Wildcard recently did for me. We bought a “delux press clamp” from Grizzly Industrial for $70.  The Wildcard scrounged up the off-fall from a maple butcher block counter top and… Continue reading Shop Fox

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