Basalt volcanic rock fibers & algae-based bioplastic unite in my latest creation, the New Bedford model. Influenced by two decades of living by the ocean in New England, this instrument is made from sustainable modern boat-making materials and finishes that also happen to be conducive to sound. The unique soundhole shape pays homage to the viola braguesa, a guitar reference from the Portuguese whalers' regional heritage, shaped like the open mouth of a ray, instrument I got familiar with over the years of repairs on my bench. Inspired by the rugged textures of my daily ocean walks and its twirling seaweeds and bundles of ropes on the path, it's a blend of toughness and organic beauty, handwoven like a fisherman's sweater braving the New England winters.
Basalt fiber, algea bioplastic.