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If this guy can make guitars in a refugee camp...

comments (0) January 8th, 2014 in blogs, videos

AsaC Asa Christiana, Special Projects Editor, Fine Woodworking magazine
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Video Length: 7:53
Produced by: Tresor Nzengu

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When I served in the Peace Corps, in Guinea, West Africa,  I saw many scenes like this: people making beautiful objects with the most rudimentary, ad-hoc tools, often seated on a log, or the ground. But this guy takes the cake. Patron Mushamuka makes electric and acoustic guitars in a Malawi refugee camp, proving again that woodworking is much more about desire and determination than it is about tools. His website offers contact info for him and his guitar-making friends there, and maybe they can give you some advice about getting packages to him. That is notoriously unreliable in Africa. But imagine what this guy could do with better hardware, adhesives, and just a few tool upgrades.

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