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JKS Instruments

For Shoemaker, crafting boutique instruments transcends the sides and backs, tops, necks and bridges that go into a guitar.
“It’s the lifelong study of wood,” he said, quoting a friend.
In that vein, the luthier has made a point of studying the musical characteristics of various tone woods, arriving on a selection that suits his ear and his instruments.

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Ross Creek Cedar Hike Montana

Ross Creek Cedar hike in Montana is a grove of western red cedars, some of which are more than 8 feet in diameter. An interpretive walking tour, slightly less than a mile in length, explains the area ecology and history, however we went a bit early in the season. Four...

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