Relic Instrument Contest 

Build an old school, traditional, cigar box instrument

Rules:

  • Rule 1: Start a new project (don't enter something you've already built and had lying around!)

  • Rule 2: "Relic contest" Relic should bring to mind ideas of primitive, handmade, aged, distressed, OLD.

  • Rule 3: To be considered, all photo's must be sent to: CharlesAtchisonFolkArtisan@Gmail.com

  • Rule 4: Get your entries in before December 22nd

First Place Winner:

  • A carved, wooden plaque that will include the winners name, placing and year

  • $100 C.B. Gitty gift certificate cbgitty.com

  • $100 AUD gift card MRWS Instruments mrwsinstruments.com

  • A signed copy of The Folk Art Instrument Builders Reference

  • Hand spun Lightning 5.5" resonator cone 

Second Place Winner:

  • A carved, wooden plaque that will include the winners name, placing and year

  • $25 C.B. Gitty gift certificate cbgitty.com

  • A signed copy of The Folk Art Instrument Builders Reference

  • Hand spun Lightning 5.5" resonator cone 

Send all entries to: CharlesAtchisonFolkArtisan@Gmail.com
Include Name and address and any details relevant to your build.

Enter as many times as you want.

Contest Deadline is December 22nd Winners will be announced on Christmas Day

Good Luck!

Charles

2017 3rd Annual Relic Instrument Contest 

Winners were announced on 12/25/2017

Click here to view the 2017 entries

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First Place: Jason Rosentreter Tenor Ukulele 
Second Place: Michael Ballerini 4 string guitar

There truly were many great entries this year but these two were my favorites.

Jason submitted a 6 string as well as a Uke and they were both similar in style with wooden peg tuners and copper wire frets and distressed wood. Something about the smaller Uke just seemed more authentic to me and the necks on both of them were just exceptional.

Michael's guitar also had wooden tuners and I really liked the old flat head screws he used for fret position markers. That along with the many vintage, repurposed materials he used definitely made it a stand out entry as well.

2016 2nd Annual Relic Instrument Contest 

Winners were announced on 12/25/2016 ​


 

Click here to view the 2016 entries

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Thank you everyone who participated this year and a huge thanks to those competing for the second time!

Every entry was absolutely amazing but the two that stood out to me as exceptional, hand made, relic examples were as follows:
First place: Jason Rosentreter
Second place: David K. Strickler Sr.

Congratulations!

2015 1st Annual Relic Instrument Contest 

This 2015 contest didn’t have many rules. I simply asked for folks to “put down the power tools and the electric guitar parts and build an old school, traditional, cigar box instrument”
In the end I was looking for an instrument that looked like it could easily have been an early 20th century, barn-find type instrument.

 

I hoped this would be a contest where my asking participants to create something ostensibly simple would actually become an unexpected challenge. Make no mistake, every instrument submitted was amazing. There was not one bad build in the bunch. With that being said the winners of The 2015 Relic Instrument Contest are:

 

Martin Tauber - First Place

Uncle Enos would be proud! This instrument looks like it was built in the early 1900's and placed immediately in a time capsule.
I absolutely loved this build. The rough cut neck, wooden tuners and the vintage screws really helped it stand out.
 
Click here to view all of the amazing contest entries.
 

David K. Strickler Sr. - Second Place

How to build a cigar box guitar and many other folk instruments
Hand spun aluminum resonating cones for cigar box guitars

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