cigar box guitar

Cigar Box Guitars

Feb 11, 2013

A New Bern man is using cigar boxes to make instruments for playing the blues.

Since human existence, people have been making music using the materials they have lying around – like sticks, rocks, or animal hide.  One of the earliest instruments was a flutes carved from hallowed out bird bones and mammoth ivory. It was carbon dated to be 42,000 years old.  The tradition of using recycled items to create sounds still continues today.  David English, owner of Black Owl Guitars in New Bern is using old licenses plates, peanut can lids and old cigar boxes to build guitars.

This week on the Down East Journal, we talk about the Affordable Care Act and how it affects local hospitals and patients. And nearly a month after Superstorm Sandy, we speak with NC Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and the State's Rate Bureau about home insurance rate increases and when they might be implemented. And, a New Bern man is using cigar boxes to make instruments for playing the blues.