Around two years ago, there was a storm so fierce, that it tossed this massive log up and onto the rocks right in front of Pillar Point RV Park.   It has since become the site of many a beach selfie and a popular couples resting spot. 

So word spread like wildfire around the park when two men, one with a chain saw, were cutting up the log!   I grabbed my camera and ran to where they were to not only to see what they were doing, but to find out why and did they have permission and didn't they know that log was special? 

The man with the chainsaw, hardhat and noise blocking earphones told us the harbor patrol knew what they were doing and had given their ok.  He said he had been following this particular log for several years as it bounced around the bay until it finally landed right here at Pillar Point RV Park.  He thinks the tree must have gotten away from loggers in the pacific northwest and made its way down the coast. 

The why it was being cut up came when we met the other fellow, Tim Frick.   Tim is a musician and has a studio in San Francisco where he has been building beautiful handmade guitars for the last 25 years.  He is always on the lookout for wood that would make interesting tops for the guitars.   

The log was measured and cut into 26 inch long chunks. The two were actually quite happy when the first section was cut and they saw the grain of the cedar was strong and beautiful.  The smell of the fresh cut cedar was amazing.   The four large pieces will now be split in half and left to dry for a year before Tim will be able to start cutting the wood into approximately 1.5-2 inch slices.  From there the wood will be shaped and sanded into the top portion of the guitar. 

It's thought that from the four pieces of the log, Tim will be able to create up to 30 guitar faces (tops). 

I am hoping, that sometime in the future, we will be able to see one of those guitars with the wood from our favorite log looking more beautiful than ever!

In the meantime, here is more information about Tim and some photos of his guitars.


Photos of some of Tim's handmade guitars
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