Tell us a bit about yourself:
I'm 46 and live with Tourettes all my life.
Growing up was hard... I was 14 when I got a name for my squatter. That made things worse, I lived in a time where Tourettes was not even heard off, you try explaining what Tourettes is...... When you were 14.
Tell us about what you are doing:
I've entered a competition building guitars. It's an international competition with a potentially huge platform for Tourettes awareness. I know have a youtube channel and Instagram. The whole competition is to help raise funds for those budding luthiers with training and tools to get them started. I have entered the kit build section, for me its about creating awareness not winning.
3 months ago I was sent a video about building a guitar with hand tools, from Eric, the closest I've got to a brother, we are not related, we've survived a lot together.
Needless to say I was intrigued and excited, here's something I can do as a hobby, and yes I'm good at it. I re-shaped a stratocaster for my first build. I'm taking my time with the second one,
That one is mine.... Its a 4 string fretless bass guitar.
I plan to have some give away prizes during the competition with lots of info and facts and stories of what I got up to as a kid..
Why did you decide to do it?
I am passionate about it educating people about the facts of Tourettes, what better way is there, building guitars and talking about Tourettes. A match made in heaven.
How has it helped you?
I hardly rage. Its cheaper than a therapist..lol
With every stroke with a rasp or hollowing a cavity for the electrics of a guitar, I visualize all the negative in my life falling to the floor... Where they belong.
What would you say to someone else looking for a hobby?
Join a forum. Watch as many YouTube tutorials as you can. Most importantly Don't be scared to ask for help.
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