Sunday, December 6, 2009


Romeo y Julieta cigar box guitar, cigar box and found materials,
James Walter, 2009
Recently, I came across a folk art phenomenon that's been around since the 1800's--the cigar box guitar. Across the U.S. and in other counties, people have been making guitars, banjos, and other instruments from mostly found materials. In fact, the goal of many guitar makers is to craft one of these from as many found items as possible and still have an excellent sounding instrument. A great resource for this form of art is the website Cigar Box Nation, which provides photos sent in by builders from around the world along with advice, plans, and videos.