I have always wanted to make a guitar with a mismatched headstock like the one being played here by the incomparable Bill Frisell.
There’s something about this devil-may-care combo that also strikes me as supremely pragmatic. This neck. This body. Do they sound good together? Sure, let’s go with it.
Having been off of Instagram for the past two months I’ve realized how much of a cash cow that platform must be for toolmakers. I hold nothing against toolmakers sharing their wares on IG. It’s smart business. You have to get the word out somehow and there are few tools like IG to whip people into a frenzy over wood choice and gleaming steel. What I realized though, is that this sort of environment (like all advertising) is designed to introduce want, and then to transform want into a need.
Another way of saying this: it’s easy to cross the line from tool as useful object to tool as precious object. This sort of veneration feeds the machine, but it doesn’t necessarily make us better woodworkers.
But doesn’t having better tools make us aspire to better work? Yes. Sometimes. There’s some validity there, but you still have to put in the work. And if you put in the work, the tools begin to show it.
Is there a tool equivalent to Bill’s axe in your tool chest? Hopefully.