Elkins Dental - May 2020




You Build a Guitar!

Hello there! How are you doing? I can imagine you’re going through some of the same things we are, with daily routines looking a little different than they used to. A lot of the activities we look forward to in the spring haven’t been part of it this year. We were only two practices into baseball season before we had to stop playing. Still, I’m grateful that the sun has been shining, the flowers are blooming, and I get to spend more time with my family. One of the silver linings of having extra time has meant getting to work on creative projects that I probably wouldn’t have gotten to otherwise. Last month, I got to work on building my second guitar.This one is for a friend of mine who served as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot in the Army.The guitar is themed around these two aspects of his life. Like my first guitar, I made pearl inlays, and this worked well for making the helicopter. But when it came to making the Army star that’s red, white, and blue, I realized I didn’t have enough red or blue pearl, so I got a little creative. I cut out pieces from a pickguard (the plastic piece on the body of a guitar that protects it from the pick) to create the star. I think it turned out pretty well, no? We’re all getting a little creative with what we have on hand! My friend’s wife has

Around our house, everyone is trying to find activities to keep themselves busy — sometimes with not-so-gentle encouragement from me and Beth. We’re doing all we can to find projects that keep the younger kids engaged and don’t involve just sitting in front of the TV, but it’s not always easy, especially when they can’t just go play with friends! I can imagine maybe you’ve had some of the same challenges. Fortunately, the one thing there’s always plenty of (especially with everyone at home) is dishes! So if you ever hear the response, “I’m bored,” you can always suggest they help out with some of the stack that’s building up in the sink. We’ve been trying to make sure the kids are keeping up with their chores because it also gives them a little bit of routine. Don’t worry, though, it’s not all work around here.The kids have had fun drawing with chalk on our driveway and finding outdoor activities in the yard. We’ve been playing a little baseball to help Russell keep his hand-eye coordination consistent, and it’s been nice to get outside. How have you been passing the time? I hope you’ve found some projects that bring you joy and help you stay positive. If you’re interested in learning about how to build a guitar, well, let me know! Wishing you a healthy and happy month,

been stationed in Italy, so they had to adhere to some serious quarantine guidelines with everything going on there. I’m grateful that I’ve gotten to stay in touch with him through WhatsApp. We’ve been doing video chats and messaging back and forth to talk about the guitar, and it’s been nice to keep in contact. He’s been one of my best friends since we were in grade school, and I’m excited to show him the guitar once it’s all finished.

–Dr. Elkins

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