Surgeon’s Hobby Creating Cigar Box Guitars

Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder is a research director at Institute for the Future, the founding editor-in-chief of Make magazine, the co-founder of Boing Boing, the editor-in-chief of Cool Tools.

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By Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder is a research director at Institute for the Future, the founding editor-in-chief of Make magazine, the co-founder of Boing Boing, the editor-in-chief of Cool Tools.

248 Articles



Kirk Withrow, a surgeon and cigar box guitar maker, imparts a good deal of maker wisdom in this lovely CNN profile.

“I absolutely don’t want to make them to support myself. Once you switch from making something because you feel like it to doing it because you have to it takes away from it,” he said. “My main goal is to make them so they play very well. It’s more about the process of doing it. I learn something new every time so I’m constantly reinventing.”

Surgeon’s hobby creating cigar box guitars (Thanks, Pesco!)