Antique Door Becomes New Guitar

Antique Door Becomes New Guitar

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A 150-year-old door that once graced Heuvelton's Pickens Hall Opera House is now a musical instrument.

"You will know that this guitar was made of the Pickens Opera Hall because we're featuring some of the detail that is already in the hall,” said David Kingsley, president Heuvelton Historical Association.

The door was brought to Tracy Cox's studio in Parishville. He carefully drew a design on it. It mimics the one on wallpaper in the opera house. He inlaid the Pickens Hall monogram and made it true to the period.

“I like the idea of sourcing local wood, reclaiming wood. Interesting projects speak to me,” he said.

The restored opera house reopened to the public about two years ago. The general store on the first floor opened a decade ago. Restoring the once-dilapidated building cost $3 million.

It won't just be the opera house's guitar. It will be everybody's guitar. Anyone will be able to come in to the Pickens Hall General Store, ask for the guitar, and do some pick'n.

“When musicians and people show up and have any interest in playing the guitar, they'll be able to just grab this and have at it,” said Cox.

The custom-made Pickens Hall guitar gets its first public showing at the opera house Sunday. Cox will conduct a workshop where you can learn what it takes to make beautiful instruments and beautiful music.

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