Hello everyone! My name is Jose Carlos Silva and I am one of the newest members of the Red River Valley Wood Carvers and the manager of this website. My wife and I joined the club this summer and were greeted with open arms.

A couple of months ago my wife and I were having dinner with some good friends Sarah and Derek. I told them that I had always wanted to try to carve or woodburn something on a guitar.  Derek being a musician said that he might have a guitar for me to experiment on.

A few weeks went by and then Derek handed me this cool black Ibanez guitar. Just his most sentimental guitar….no pressure or anything!


I wasted no time diving in, stripping it down and removing the finish.


Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I have never done this before!!! So after 2 hours of working on the finish I was beginning to get a little worried. The wood underneath was starting to chip in certain spots and it was getting the best of me.

The next day I decided to try a rotary tool with a sanding band on it. It was a lot slower but worked a lot smoother and after another 2.5 hours I had the whole front cleaned off.

Now for the fun part! I had been thinking of a design for a while and had drawn a sketch of it. I wanted to do something that would stand the test of time…elegant and simple, but a little edge to it as well!

Like an obsessed mad man I got to work, drawing, sanding and woodburning!


Finally, after almost 20 hours of intense artistic ambition,it was done!

I call it the Fall Of The Kings Guitar.


Every minute that I put into this piece was driven by my love to create beautiful things.

It is now back in the hands of its rightful owner Derek. Who by the way, had no clue what I had imagined for his baby when he originally handed it off to me.

I am so excited about this beauty that I had to share it on here. Hope you guys enjoyed it too.