My hubby, Bryan, and I are both musicians, and artists — he did that guitar painting of me that you see hanging up there. He’s also a carpenter who made that entire tree branch guitar rack! It was totally all his idea and his craftiness. The whole thing only took him about a day to complete — he’s got skills. Here’s how he pulled it off…
I called him one afternoon after work and asked him what he was doing. He said, “I’m walking through the park looking for crotches.” Pretty confused, I asked him again what he was doing and he just said, “You’ll see later on.” So I sat around the house wondering what he was up to. Turns out that he was looking for tree branches (already fallen on their own) at the park that had “tree crotches,” or V-shapes.
He brought the branches he found to his workshop where he drilled holes in them to fit the V-shaped pieces, and carved them out so they would fit our guitars. Each guitar slot was carved specifically, so that only the one guitar fits in the one slot. Then he coated it with a urethane and let it dry. Then he brought it home and it all made sense to me!
When attaching it to the wall of our music room, we made sure that we bolted it into the studs so it wouldn’t come crashing down on our heads. I think the hardest part was finding parts of the tree branch that connected with the wall where the studs were. But once it was up there, HOLY MOLY, this thing is awesome. Everyone who comes over notices it right away, it just looks so cool, AND it’s functional.