Low June Woodworks is a luthier company that specializes in making folk instruments such as Cigar Box Fiddles, Wine Box Resonator Lap Steel Guitars, and other handmade instruments created by Atlanta musician Scott Waters.
Tell me about yourself, Scott.
As a luthier/ woodworker and a musician, I am constantly finding ways to combine my passions. I am a folk music enthusiast, and I love creating instruments that provide an authentic sound and look of the genre. I have also developed a strong passion for designing and building furniture.
How did you originally get into your craft?
I guess it really started much earlier that I knew. I can remember spending some afternoons helping my father in his cabinet shop. I have to admit I didn't really enjoy it when I was in high school. It wasn't until college that I picked up the guitar and the piano and really started appreciating music. As my music tastes got "folky-er" I developed a desire to create some of my own musical instruments. After exploring the internet for ideas and plans I started creating some of my own pieces. My first two pieces (a cigar box fiddle and an upright washtub bass) I created with my father's help in his cabinet shop. Since then I have explored more and more ideas and concepts and even started diving into furniture design and building.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
My favorite thing to do (when it's actually working out for me) is writing new music. Since I have implemented banjo into the music I write I feel like I have really settled (or stumbled) into a style of music that speaks to me personally.
Low June live at Kavarna - Decatur, GA
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
So far my biggest challenge has been reaching an audience. I have made instruments and furniture for friends and co-workers, but I have not really found that outlet to help me reach a vast audience. My business has not been around very long, so I'm still keeping my fingers crossed and hoping the word will get out.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
Definitely an athlete. Then I got out of high school and realized that being a jock wasn't for me. Boy I wish I would've learned an instrument before college.
What item in your collection would you like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
It would be a toss up between the gourd banjo and the wine box lap steel resonator guitar. The lap steel because it's so much fun to play...especially with a jelly jar. I didn't have as much time to fiddle around with the banjo because I sold it to a friend literally 5 minutes after I finished it.
What other artists out there do you love?
A good friend and teacher (when it comes to cigar box fiddles), Don Rickert
There's a large list of artists on the forum at www.cigarboxnation.com, but one that has been very helpful to me goes by the name 'Bairfoot Cajun'.
What does your future hold?
Hmmm...well, I'm going to be optimistic and say that I'll make a comfortable living off of furniture design / making and luthierie. A lot of people will call me a fool, and I'll probably agree, but a guy can dream, right?