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He lives in a tent and makes guitars – catching up with Christian

Remember over winter in Athens when I met Christian who travelled Europe on a bike with his DIY fold up guitar? – see this post

I need to show you what he’s up to now, 9 months later. Me and Finn were in Leipzig and went to visit him. He’s an inspiration…

He left a message on the van

The umbrella is his stamp

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We went to his house. He lives in a tent

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We spent the night by the lake and cooked dinner on the fire

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We visited him at work the next day

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He’s a luthier. He makes and repairs guitars

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But first he had to make the workshop

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And then he had to make the tools

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And then it’s over 300 hours of work to make one guitar

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It’s a lot of work

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So much precision, care and patience goes into every little part

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This stamp goes on all of his stuff

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It will be difficult to look at a guitar the same again

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So he lives in his canvas tent and works full time as a luthier. Christian has to be one of the most resourceful, funkiest, diyest guys I’ve met.

It was so cool to hang out in Germany with two of the friends I met at two completely stages of my travels – Finn from last summer in Hungary and Christian last winter in Athens. We reminisced about the good times we had over winter at the Jedi academy – see this post if you missed it.

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