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Man uses gift of woodworking to reshape sound of music

San Antonio – One San Antonio man is mixing his ardour for music and woodworking to assist the guitar-playing group.

Will Oliver, 46, proprietor of Oliver Woodworks, makes personalized, picket, magnetic guitar picks.

“I started off making rings in 2008 or 2009,” Oliver mentioned. “I was also playing my guitar more and more.”

He mentioned throughout that point, he realized the sound of a plastic guitar choose bothered him.

“Holding on to a small plastic pick and hearing the clanks, it didn’t jive with me and I wanted something more stout,” Oliver mentioned. “So, I started making my own wooden picks and I found they gave amazing sound on a guitar, especially the acoustic.”

He started designing completely different picks with the completely different wooden he would discover.

“Anytime I wanted a different sound or a different timber, I used a different wood,” Oliver mentioned. “I get just blocks or veneers or something like that and then I take it from there and reshape it.”

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He mentioned woodworking has at all times been therapeutic for him.

“I usually follow the grain of the wood and I will start something and don’t know what it is until it is done,” Oliver mentioned. “Sometimes, I will trash something, I break something, I will mess stuff up, I will wreck my hands, and something comes out and it is very rewarding because it is nothing I expected it to be. The cutting, the polishing, the sanding, and you look at the final product and you are like, ‘Man that is cool!’ Then, when it is something like a guitar pick, and somebody else likes it, that is what I love.”

Oliver makes something from rings, lamps, little collectible figurines and extra.

He mentioned his greatest discovery, by far, is the picket picks.

“You know every wood has a different sound,” Oliver mentioned. “You can really create a whole different sound for yourself. That has been really cool when people come back and say, ‘I dig this.’”

Oliver, who has given away 1000’s of guitar picks to these within the music business, mentioned serving to others has a deeper that means to him.

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He himself wanted assist years in the past when he was battling an opioid dependancy.

“I am lucky to have come through that because many people don’t,” Oliver mentioned. “It is all thanks to my family and friends. I had neck surgery, got hooked on pills and it went from there. At the same time, I had my own curiosities, and made things worse. I tried to quit many, many times. It takes a lot of sitting in the tub, looking up at God and praying, ‘Get me out of this.’ I realized that I don’t need that in order to move on with my life because there was a time where that was the only thing that was getting me out of bed.”

Oliver was lost to dependancy however has since discovered the gifted man he’s at this time.

He hopes his story encourages others to observe what they love to reside a happier life.

“I hope everybody finds what God put them here for,” Oliver mentioned. “I pray for that all the time. I don’t know if I am doing it. God, I hope so! If not, I’ll find it.”

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