Young Maker Mixes Traditional Japanese Construction With Modern Art

We’re Makers. By definition, we make things. Some of us prefer to build from scraps, while others like to make their own IC’s in their garage. [Make With Miles] on the other hand prefers one of the oldest types of making around: woodworking. And in this build, he goes a step further by using a very old Japanese method of woodworking called Kumiko to build a Stratocaster style electric guitar. The results are absolutely stunning as you can see in the video below.

Inspired by a challenge put forth by [The Modern Maker Podcast] to build a woodworking project that ties into another hobby that isn’t related to woodworking, [Miles] knocked it out of the park by including several art forms in this one-off Strat.

The centerpiece of this guitar build is the Kumiko style of construction used within the body. Kumiko is a Japanese method of assembling wood without the use of fasteners. Developed around 600-700AD, Kumiko is as much a construction method as an art form. [Miles] went further by filling the Kumiko framework with blackened epoxy resin which was then sanded and polished. Decals bring the headstock into the motif, but the attention to details goes much, much further. Be sure to watch the video so you can get an appreciation for the high level of workmanship that this young man displays.

That’s right- [Miles] isn’t a maker with decades of experience. In fact in 2017, one of his YouTube videos was “12 yr Old Builds a Row Boat!!!” [Miles], our hats are off to you and we look forward to seeing your art progress, for you truly have commanded the attention of the maker community that you are so rightfully part of.

Just as [Miles]’ guitar hides some great hacks, so does this guitar with Hot Swappable pickups. Thanks to [Keith] for sending this on to the Tip Line!

4 thoughts on “Young Maker Mixes Traditional Japanese Construction With Modern Art

  1. Weird emphasis on age, already in title. Young or not doesn’t matter one bit. The only thing is does is imply value (or the opposite) for some groups of people.

    If you mean inexperienced or newbie, mention it. Otherwise just leave it out, it’s highly annoying, if common.

    1. Something this involved, detail-oriented, and meticulous at age 16? And making an incredibly well-produced video at the same time? There’s a lot of mastery of a number of different disciplines — and that normally takes time. Even if he _is_ a quick learner, I’m guessing there’s a lot of effort here. And that’s worth mentioning / admiring!

      It would be significantly less impressive if I could pull that off. :)

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