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UOW photojournalist Paul Jones’s latest photo essay tells the story of how a guitar is born.

F rom the tree to the guitar and from the guitar to the tree, the photos tell two very different stories. The first collection of photos follows the journey of sawmill operator and hippy lumberjack, David Kirby through the forests of North Queensland in search of sustainable Australian timbers used in guitar-making by only a few local Australian manufacturers.

The second part of the essay introduces us to some of the craftsmen behind the instrument. Getting exclusive access into Melbourne’s Cole Clark guitar factory, Jones shows us the process of producing a sustainable guitar made from the timbers collected by David Kirby.

The photo compilation is a unique artistic piece that beautifully captures the essence of guitar-making as both an art and a craft.

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