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“I get inspired by whisky and moonshine.” - the artist

Duo, 2014. Cigar box, guitar parts and found objects. NFS (Commissioned pieces)

Duo, 2014. Cigar box, guitar parts and found objects. NFS (Commissioned pieces)

I’ve always been a maker. I started in the design industry as a teenager and was granted an opportunity to intern for packaging design back in the 70s. I didn’t know anything about the subject but took a shot. I’ve now been in the packaging design business for over 40 years and I am a lead in the industry.

Blue, 2014. Cigar box, guitar parts and found objects, with custom upholstered case. NFS (Commissioned piece)

Blue, 2014. Cigar box, guitar parts and found objects, with custom upholstered case. NFS (Commissioned piece)

It was only about 20 years ago that I began to learn guitar. As I have learned more and more over the years, I became interested in playing with a slide and was introduced to cigar box guitars. I was hooked and, always being a maker/artist, decided to try building my own. And it is a craft I have kept up for years and even gained multiple commissions.

Trio, 2015. Cigar box, guitar parts and found objects. NFS (Commissioned pieces)

Trio, 2015. Cigar box, guitar parts and found objects. NFS (Commissioned pieces)

I started making an effort to use reclaimed materials (not just reclaimed cigar boxes) such as miscellaneous metal hardware, found objects and wood, as well as using second-hand guitar parts, knobs and strings from garage sale and thrift store finds. The result is one of a kind pieces that employ sustainable art practices.

Custom guitar, 2018. Cigar box, guitar parts and found objects. NFS (Commissioned pieces)

I’ve recently begun displaying my work in exhibitions and am always open to commissions. To view more work by the artist, please follow him on Instagram at @d.forsondesigns.


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