2015 Sound Hole Contest Winners Announced!

This carved "world tree" sound hole adorns the back of a custom Appalachian-style banjo built by Logan Maxwell.
This carved “world tree” sound hole adorns the back of a custom Appalachian-style banjo built by Logan Maxwell.

Congratulations to Logan Maxwell of Shinnston, WV for the winning entry!!!

Maxwell won the $100 C. B. Gitty gift certificate for his Tree of Life soundhole design.  Maxell says about his design,

“I used curly maple for the neck and walnut for the body as well as the fingerboard. The sound hole for the back of the banjo is my rendition of the tree of life.  I free-handed the outline then cut it on a scroll saw; then I took a dremel and rounded the edges. I did not keep track, but up to that point I probably already had about 3 hours in it.  I’m sure I at least doubled that on sanding, by hand, making sure all the previous grit or cutting marks were taken off.”

More Winners & the Torturous Judging Process:

To say that judging this contest was a torturous process is an understatement.  We received 54 amazing entries (see all of them here), each one unique and pushing the boundaries of homemade instruments.  From scroll saw art to eye catching design work, each one could have been a winner.

But we could only pick three top winners and three honorable mentions.  Sigh…  These results will surely cause discussion and debate.  Good art does that. 

And this is good art.

Second Prize:  $75 C. B. Gitty Gift Certificate is awarded to The 57 Chevy Flames by Jim Derrenbacker of Floral City, FL

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Jim Derrenbacker’s 57 Chevy Guitar with Flame Soundholes

Third Prize:  $50 C. B. Gitty Gift Certificate is awarded to Jeff Cox of Fort Worth, TX and his popping skulls

Spooky inset skull sound holes in a cigar box guitar by Jeff Cox.
Spooky inset skull sound holes in a cigar box guitar by Jeff Cox.

Honorable Mentions:  C. B. Gitty added additional prizes in the final weeks, including three honorable mentions.  These builders will each receive a $25 C. B. Gitty gift certificate.

Thanks to everybody who submitted entries to the contest.  Look for a new build-off contest coming soon…

-Ben and the C. B. Gitty Staff


 

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5 thoughts on “2015 Sound Hole Contest Winners Announced!”

  1. Humbled to be included as an honorable mention. Congrats to Logan as that piece is fine! Hats off to all that participated I’m sure given the level of entries the judging couldn’t have been easy.

  2. Blown away and humbled to get an honourable mention in such rarefied company. Congratulations to the well deserved winner Logan for the tree of life. A beautiful piece of art.

  3. Congratulations to Logan ! The “Tree of Life” is outstanding. Thanks to Gitty for having the contest and to everyone that entered, the ideas and talent was evident in each one.

  4. Fun contest, congratulations to all entrants and winners! I agree with the choice of top winner, that Tree of Life carving is amazing!

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