Cigar Box Guitars with Mike ‘Katfish’ Karash

$170/150 mbrs. (discounted price will display for members upon login)

Create a fully functioning instrument from a classic cigar box.

The human spirit always finds a way…Only the wealthy could afford the musical instruments produced individually, by hand, by the luthiers and craftsman of the 1800’s. But, poverty would not stop the music within the common man. Slaves, farmers, and soldiers would collect a broom or tool handle, a wooden box, a scrap of wire or string, and fashion their own banjos, guitars and fiddles. The earliest photos and etchings date to the Civil War era. When they became more common, cigar boxes and metal tins offered strong, lightweight, ready made bodies for homemade instruments.

Recently, Mayor Craig Cates commended Horace O’Bryant School art teacher Katie Holtkamp for her dedication and service to the children of Key West.

Katie is a dedicated teacher who inspires her students, urging them to be forward-thinking citizens. Mayor Cates thanked Katie for her extraordinary commitment to her students who will one day be leaders in our community.

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533 Eaton Street
Key West, FL 33040

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