Portraits From An RV – Monica Frisell

TK Smith

One of the great things about living near a National Park is that we get a lot of fun and interesting visitors.

Last Spring, photographer, Monica Frisell, embarked on a journey that started in Seattle and ended months later in New York City where she lives. For this trip she purchased a 1988 Toyota Sea Breeze RV and turned it into her darkroom, hotel and transportation for herself and her pup Lucy. The purpose of the trip was to gather stories from interesting people along the way and photograph them.

When Monica asked if she could park in front of our house for a couple of days along the journey, we were happy to support her creative endeavor anyway we could. She had the chance to spend time in Joshua Tree, get to know the desert and she spent some time in our shop. TK never likes to have his photo taken but Monica’s work is so beautiful that we wanted to share it. See more information about her project “Looking Forward” and her other work here.

TK Smith

TK Smith

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NAMM Visitors 2018

We didn’t go in to Anaheim for the NAMM show this year but we did have a number of friends visit the shop throughout the weekend.

It started out on Thursday with nineteen year old guitarist Bella Speelman. I’ve admired her playing for a while now so it was nice to meet her in person. And she’s into old cars too so we had a great afternoon in the shop. Jill and I can’t wait for her to come back.

TK Smith

Then on Saturday fellow builders Creston Lea of Creston Electric Instruments,  Adam Buchwald from Circle Strings and Mark Stutman, owner of Folkway Music in Canada, all made the trek out to the desert for the day. We hung out in the shop, had lunch at Pappy and Harriett’s and then went hiking in Joshua Tree National Park. What a great day!

TK Smith

To end the weekend, player Rodney Gene Jr. from Austin drove out to pick for a few hours at my house. I’ve known Rodney on line for a number of years. He’s done a few pickup demos and has written pickup descriptions for my Store so again, it was really great to finally meet him in person.

Thanks everyone for taking the time to drive out to the desert. Hope to see you all again soon!


5 String Mandolin Set For Builders

TK Smith

I’m offering this set for 5 string mandolin builders. Plain or engraved. (engraving by my friend Dave Gibson)

For pricing, email me at tk@tksmith.net.

This set heading to a builder in Portland.

Hi-Desert House Concert With Sean Mencher

TK Smith, Sean Mencher

We’re excited to host, along with Jim Austin, guitarist and friend Sean Mencher for a special house concert Tues. Feb. 27. Sean is traveling from Maine to California and playing house concerts across the country. This one will be held at Ranchjack Flats, Jim’s ranch in Pioneertown. If you would like to attend, please RSVP at tk@tksmith.net to get on the list and for directions. Donations for the artist requested. Hope to see you there!

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