Master Craftsman: Randy Wood
Randy Wood describes himself as “old fashioned” as we sit in his workroom in Bloomingdale, Georgia, only minutes down the road from historic Savannah. On the walls hang unfinished instruments and seasoned tools. Each work station is stocked with carpenter’s glue, a sanding stone and a variety of utensils for crafting or restoration. He cradles an infant mandolin in his lap, cultivating a small mound of wood shavings at his feet as this combination of wood and glue slowly becomes another high quality, hand-crafted Randy Wood instrument.
Wood speaks in a pristine southern drawl that can only be earned through a lifetime of humility, honesty and hard work. Humility is probably the most prominent of these three and the most surprising given Randy Wood’s long-standing reputation as a master craftsman and a man who has built and repaired guitars for Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Eric Clapton. It would be assumed that receiving compliments from true music legends might have some effect, cause an ego to grow like a wild, conquering kudzu vine, but for Wood the praise is appreciated without ever being dwelled upon long enough to take root.
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