Hand-made, up-cycled, tree branch guitar rack #Decor & Decorating#Do It Yourself#music#storage#trees#upcycling January 22 2013 | Guest post by Janna 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. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Janna Janna Willoughby-Lohr is a poet, musician and artist. She works as a graphic designer, teaching artist and runs her own business, Papercraft Miracles, making handmade books and papercrafts. She lives in Buffalo, NY with her husband, Bryan and their two cats -- Meeko and Buffalograss. http://facebook.com/papercraftmiracles PREVIOUS Did you choose a Cesarean section for a non-medical reason? NEXT Our family: two gay dads raising a foster son Show/Hide comments [ 19 ] That is awesome! It's a really nice way to display a guitar collection. =) 3 agree Reply Thanks!! Reply I just LOVE this. Hanging guitars on the wall is just so convenient, but guitar hooks are just so dull. THIS just blew my mind. 6 agree Reply So glad you found my picture on flickr!! Reply I love this! I want to buy guitars just so I can do it. Hmm…. I wonder if I could hang something else from branches? 2 agree Reply Jewelry! Hats! Coats! Mugs! 5 agree Reply You could make them to hang all sorts of stuff–even a little tiny one to hang mugs? Oh man, I'm going creatively crazy now! 🙂 Reply I have a cupboard full of shoes and was thinking that with a bit of a difference, something like this could hang/store shoes? And then we could use the cupboard for something else. 2 agree Reply This is brilliant – link sent straight to my husband. If we can't do exactly this, then there must be something along those lines that we can work out! 2 agree Reply I think the most important thing is that he used branches that had already fallen on their own. That way he didn't have to damage a tree to make it. You can find a lot of branches after a wind storm. 2 agree Reply I agree with you completely – we live near a beach that ends up with all kinds of driftwood lying around, so I think that may be worth a look. Not sure how strong driftwood would be though. 2 agree Reply FYI, my friend also uses branches as a coatrack by the front door, and also as a towel rack in the bathroom. boom! 3 agree Reply OMG SOOOOO JEALOUS!! I would LOVE a hanging guitar rack. I live in a rental so I just can't put the required hardware up on the wall with double sided hanging tape but this is def going in my mental filing cabinet of 'Things I will do when I own a home.' As it is my four guitars are all on those standard shop purchased floor stands but they take up so much room and leave my precious' at risk of getting banged and bumped all the time! 1 agrees Reply You renters could always repair the wall when you move–nothing a little caulk or plaster and a little bit of paint can't fix…especially if your apartment is painted in a plain white. What the landlord doesn't know won't hurt him. 🙂 1 agrees Reply Nice idea but it wouldn't work. They'd notice at our six month inspection. 1 agrees Reply That sucks. 🙁 i hope you get your own place soon where you can do what you want. 1 agrees Reply What a neat idea! Wish we could drill holes into the wall here in our rented flat :/ 1 agrees Reply We rent but boy have we sunk a lot of anchors into our walls. These things are fixable. We need to get on something like this. All our guitars are just a jumble in the corner 🙁 2 agree Reply amazing idea. i was looking for a way to get all my guitars togehter in one room. this is perfect!! thx for sharing 🙂 1 agrees Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.