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Handmade Cigar Box Guitars & handcrafted, hand-painted replica aircraft nose art panels are the signature examples of contemporary American folk art offered by our Etsy shop. Each piece is unique and possesses the character only found in a handcrafted item.

My aircraft nose art panels are crafted of aluminum, as described in item listings, and are hand-painted with either original art designs or renditions of work from WWII era and other vintage aircraft. This form of folk or pop art enjoyed its heyday during WWII, when it was common for crews to decorate their aircraft with artwork ranging from simple script or squadron insignia to cartoon characters. Possibly the most iconic of subjects were the "pin-up" and calendar girls of the era.
Quite often the artwork was applied "in the field", by a servicemember assigned to the squadron or base and who…

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  • Joined December 23, 2011

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Aluminum, Rivets, Aircraft parts and hardware, Enamels, Acrylics, Wood, Cigar Boxes, Recycled items, Repurposed items

About

Handmade Cigar Box Guitars & handcrafted, hand-painted replica aircraft nose art panels are the signature examples of contemporary American folk art offered by our Etsy shop. Each piece is unique and possesses the character only found in a handcrafted item.

My aircraft nose art panels are crafted of aluminum, as described in item listings, and are hand-painted with either original art designs or renditions of work from WWII era and other vintage aircraft. This form of folk or pop art enjoyed its heyday during WWII, when it was common for crews to decorate their aircraft with artwork ranging from simple script or squadron insignia to cartoon characters. Possibly the most iconic of subjects were the "pin-up" and calendar girls of the era.
Quite often the artwork was applied "in the field", by a servicemember assigned to the squadron or base and who happened to have some artistic talent. The materials were commonly whatever was available, such as shop or aviation paints. We try to recreate this "feeling" with our replica panels, by creating a hand-painted piece that looks very much like it was removed from an airplane, rather than a "too glossy and perfect" panel emblazoned with the work of a commercial artist.

Our cigar box instruments are also handcrafted and unique. Crafting guitars and other stringed instruments from wooden cigar boxes is a classic form of American folk art going back to the 19th century (when cigars began being shipped in boxes). People too poor to buy an instrument could fashion one from available materials such as bailing wire and cigar boxes. Handcrafted cigar box guitars and other cigar box-based instruments are enjoying resurgence in interest and popularity and buyers now have a wide selection of choices, offered by some awesome crafters and luthiers, from the traditional, simple one or three string, to fully fretted electric guitars, and everything in between! We strive to offer instruments that combine visual appeal with real playability and a nice, "distinctly cigar box" sound.
There are many choices currently in cigar box instruments, from several great builders. I urge any buyer with a serious interest in cigar box instruments to shop around and learn about the different styles, builders, and instruments available. (Check out cigarboxnation and other sites)
Whether you buy from me or from one of my fellow cigar box luthiers, I hope that you purchase the instrument that best fits your individual needs and is one you will enjoy and value for years! Once you start playing a cigar box guitar, you'll be hooked!

My wife and I operate our Etsy shop and (unless otherwise described) handcraft each item in our home-based workshop. Our works are not mass-produced in any way. As such these items do have minor imperfections indicative of handmade work, to the extent that each has character and authentic appearance, as opposed to factory mass-produced products. We do strive to ensure the highest quality craftsmanship and wish to offer items buyers will be happy with and enjoy for many years. If we're not thrilled with how a piece turns out, we won't sell it. We only offer the pieces we are proudest of!

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