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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Jonathan on hunt for broken guitars

David Medcalf

Published 09/07/2013|05:30

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Jonathan Byrne with one of his unique shelving creations.

Carpenter and musician Jonathan Byrne from Bunclody has discovered a pastime that combines his two interests in life. With work in the recession hit construction sector in the doldrums, he has begun making shelving units from old guitars.

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His ingenious design is proving very popular but he still has a problem – he cannot find enough broken guitars to help him keep up with the demand. So he has taken to putting up posters asking for assistance from anyone who may have an abandoned instrument in the attic or garage.

'I started with an old one of my own,' says Jonathan, 'but it is difficult to get guitars.' The ones he is looking for are the acoustic wooden models, not the electric versions. He reckons that many cheap six-strings break at the neck and they would be perfect for his purposes.

His creations, intended for the display of lightweight trinkets rather than heavy books and the guitar theme reflects the fact that he plays the instrument and is an occasional song writer. A Radiohead and Prodigy fan, his songs have been published in the United States – google the phrase 'dodgy lettuce' to track some of them down on the internet.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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