This project may look a little silly next to the magnificent work of Maurits but I'm going to share it anyway.
I spent the last weekend in the woods engaged in a 40 litre challenge meaning my luggage was limited to 40 litres (ish, I give myself a bonus couple of litres because the last time I did this I was within budget but rather cold overnight). Nevertheless, despite the "ish" the event its definitely very luggage limited given my kit had to include shelter, sleeping bag, food, pots, pans and clothes. To put things into perspective a typical back packing rucksack is normally 65 litres.
Nevertheless despite the limits I was able to squeeze in a couple of knives, a folding saw, a pack of old strings and a couple of guitar tuners... My ambition was to construct a working cigar box guitar from scratch in less than a day...
Of course I didn't let the fact I had to leave the guitar box at home due to the luggage limit slow me down too much however it does means without a sound box the guitar won't be all that loud.
Anyhow I started in the morning with a branch, my biggest knife and a second, very heavy branch, to drive the knife like a splitting wedge into the branch. After a couple of hours whittling my branch had turned into this:
The picture above shows the fingerboard on the left. You can see the notch for the saddle at the bottom and the angling of the headstock at the top. On the right is the another part of the branch to show that the fingerboard used to look like.
At this stage the back of the neck was a lot more rough and ready:
I did get a lot further during the afternoon but, for now, I have run out of photos so you'll have to wait to see things more complete.