Cobden students craft their own guitars

Cobden students building their own guitars

COBDEN, IL (KFVS) - After a whole school year of sanding, filing, wiring, and painting, students at Cobden High School can officially say they have made their own guitars.

It’s an idea that art teacher Jeremy Crawford jumped at the chance to teach. He said it’s a new STEM initiative.

“STEM is science, technology, engineering, and math,” he said. "And now it’s STEAM, since we added art to it.”

Emphasis on STEM subjects has been common in recent years according to Crawford. Now, more organizations and schools are trying to put more emphasis on that extra 'A' he said.

Before the students could do anything though, Crawford said they had to put together their workshop. He said students set it up, then they got to work.

The students crafted the guitars from kits that had everything they needed to put it together.

Alexandria Benefield is a senior who took the class who said she enjoyed pretty much every aspect of the project.

“I liked the sanding, it was sort of calming to me,” she said. "And I especially loved hydro-dipping it and seeing how the guitar turned out.”

And boy did they turn out.

Now that the school year is wrapping up, all the guitars are on display at the Faner Hall Museum at SIUC until June 29.

Crawford said he definitely plans on doing this again.

“We actually did it in 8 months doing it this year,” he said. “I’m planning on doing it in 16 weeks next year.”

“I would totally recommend taking this class,” Benefield said. "It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot of new things.”

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