THUNDER BAY – There are talents that often most people do not get to see. Right now, at the Thunder Bay International Airport, some of those hidden talents from the Dennis Franklin Comarty High School in Thunder Bay are on display. The Thunder Bay International Airports Authority (TBIAA) is very pleased to invite the community to view a sampling of the electric guitars designed, built and played by the students enrolled in the Custom Woodworking Class at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in Thunder Bay.
First Nations students enrolled in the class had the opportunity to participate in this project under the guidance and support of Erick Hanson of the Wild Honey Guitar Company, and Ken Liddicoat, course instructor.
The students were completely hands-on throughout the process: from choosing the shape of their guitars, cutting and shaping the wood, to inserting and finishing the frets, and applying the finishing touches which included sanding, shaping, and even carving and painting the guitars.
As the Thunder Bay International Airport is a hub for these students on their way to and from their home communities, the TBIAAI is excited to have an opportunity to partner with DFC and Wild Honey Guitar Company to showcase these talented students and display several of what is possibly the largest collection of First Nation’s-made handcrafted electric guitars in Ontario.
The guitars will be on display on the ground level of the terminal building from December 16th to January 9th.