Beauty from Brokenness

Brokenness and humility

….can be the first step to restoration and beauty!

I am sharing this post to show that even the broken can be restored and what others throw in the dumpster can become treasures. This guitar was about to be tossed at the Habitat Restore where I volunteer. I got it and brought it home to work on. I saw it was a vintage guitar from 1937. I could not afford to have it totally restored, so I decided to do it myself and keep it as an art piece.

It was very badly damaged inside and out, but I managed to get it back together using plastic wood. I sanded it smooth and primed it for painting.

I wanted to paint a somewhat Spanish type design to reflect its origins. This is how it turned out. I then covered it with clear coating to preserve it. I was able to tune it up and it held together. It is now in my hallway as a decorative piece.

This rocker was taken from a pile of trash along the street back in the mid 1990s. It had no rockers and was cracked on the seat. The head piece was discolored from hear gel. I stripped the head and restained it. I fixed the seat and made new rockers from 2x4s. I embedded dowels into the legs so I could attach the rockers. We have had it in our home ever since. It sits very well.

This Esteban Guitar was given to me by a friend who had dropped it and busted the end as you can see. I used Bondo body filler to fill in the broken area. After sanding it down, I decided I would paint a picture on it to cover the damaged areas.

This is the end result. I was very pleased with the way it turned out. It played very well. I sold it to a lady who gave it to her daughter for Christmas so she could learn to play.

These are just a few of the many things I have rescued over the years.

61 thoughts on “Beauty from Brokenness

  1. Wow, Dwight, both of the guitars look fantastic. I’m mesmerized both by your ability to repair these instruments and by your beautiful artistry. I can’t look away from the second guitar quite honestly. You have such talent!

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  2. A marvellous post of wonderful photos illustrating the profound truths you reflect on.
    A broken heart and spirit need to come before repentance and restoration. Many long for revival but Psalm 51 evokes a different message.

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful post

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