The Christmas mandolin represents our story of personal family heartbreak, coping and healing. #I want to share it in hopes that some will find it uplifting as I do.
Back in May, my Step-Son Charles was killed in action in Iraq just days before his 24th birthday. #You can imagine that this has been a difficult and challenging time for our entire family. #Of all those that have done so much to help us cope none have shown brighter or helped my husband more than Charlie’s older brother Danny. #Now both boys have played the guitar since they were very young and had both started playing the mandolin more recently. #I had always intended to build a namesake “Hester” mandolin for Charlie and Danny someday but as a builder it seems that you are always struggling to meet commitments to paying customers and it’s difficult to fit a gift mandolin in the schedule. #A few weeks ago I decided that a new mandolin was the most appropriate Christmas gift for our Son Danny not only to acknowledge his loving support but in some way to ease the ache of never having the opportunity to build one for Charles. #I started the “Christmas Mandolin” a few weeks ago and have been working almost around the clock on it along with the other mandolins in my current batch.
Here are a few pictures and we’ll see if I get it done in time. #He likes A-styles so this will be an HA4. #The top wood is some fantastic sounding Sitka, the back is Red Maple both from Bruce Harvie.