AT WORK: Richmond Valley Woodcrafters president Ian Thomson, John Dowling, Warren Sharpe and Ian Pickford with the giant guitar under construction.
AT WORK: Richmond Valley Woodcrafters president Ian Thomson, John Dowling, Warren Sharpe and Ian Pickford with the giant guitar under construction. Graham Broadhead

Club plucks up courage to make giant guitar

IT WON’T make a sound, but a giant guitar under construction will make a big impression.

About six members of the Richmond Valley Woodcrafters currently have a 3m-high guitar under construction in their workshop at Alstonville’s Summerland House Farm.

Woodcrafters president Ian Thomson said it was one of the more unusual requests the members had taken on.

But they were happy to support a Ballina Shire community event, as well as other community organisations.

Ballina Coastal Country Music Festival publicity officer Garry Lavercombe approached the woodworkers to build the big guitar.

He was looking for a novelty piece that could be used in promotions for the festival.

It’s a big festival for Ballina, so he thought “why not have a big guitar?”

The guitar’s soundbox is being made of ply, and the whole axe has been designed so it can stand up, but also be taken apart easily for transport.

To hear some real guitars being played well, head to one of the venues during the Ballina music festival on the weekend of June 10-12.

The main concert under the marquee on the back green of the Cherry Street Sports Club on June 11 will feature Tania Kernaghan.

Visit ballinacountrymusic.com for more information.

To contact the Richmond Valley Woodcrafters, visit rvwc.com.au



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