The Black Lute by scotland symons

Thanks to a friend this past summer I became the owner of a broken Lute left by a rubbish bin in an alley. It was in sad shape with broken and missing frets warped and damaged wood it had seen better days. I didn't know what to do with it but this past week I got an idea to goth it out. I started with striping it down to basics and repairing the damaged wood cutting, replacing, and reshaping its look.

fixing the inlay as well as reshaping the flow of the neck and head. Also so much sanding along with more sanding.

With all that completed I gave it a new black enamel coat and let it sit for 3 days to cure. Today started with sanding for another few hours along with creating an all new distressed wash on the front face. From there I went on to burnish the entire piece before hand drawing patterns all over the front face. concluding with hand applied candle wax finish and polishing followed by waxing.

The pattern I wanted to keep simplistic and I went for designs I used to draw in my books in high school to really get the angsty goth feel. It ends up blending really well with the sanded enamel wash on the front face. 

So far it sounds really wonderful and has a really interesting sound, tomorrow I am going to tweak the pickup a bit more and see if I can refine the sound and upload a video.

lvl23 Studios Art show (photos) by scotland symons

A few weeks ago the artists in my building (including me) had opened their studios up to visitors who will have a chance to see art in progress or completed. There was painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media arts, fashion design and metal arts and glass arts. 

It was an awesome event and I am really happy that everyone got a chance to come, it was a blast seeing everyone. I managed to take some photos during the day and also managed to get some 30sec portraits. 

Thanks again you all are the reason I keep doing and making!

Head on over and Check out the images!

Who wants to be a Wizard, fuck you I am Wizard and you can too! by scotland symons

For me December is a month where I celebrate my own kind of holiday, a wizard kind holiday. Many years ago around this time of year I started watching wizard type movies and lounging with a hot cup of tea because why not. Suddenly this became a thing that I have done for close to 10 years and now every winter time I cant resist watching Potter or Gandalf do their thing.

To celebrate this I put together a fun project that I want to involve you in. I want to shoot some really great photos of my friends that captures them in their own favorite Wizard style.

Head over here to Learn more about the project and sign up!