Last night the Taylor Guitar Road Show came through our town, so it gave me a chance to call up another fellow Taylor owner to go hear about their new instruments and fondle the higher prices ones that I could only afford in my dreams. I was reminded why I always wanted one of their guitars.

Bob Taylor was just a kid in school with an early interest in building a guitar in his shop class. That desire has never left him. But if you peel back the layers of the story, you begin to see that guitar making is only a platform for him to do so much more.

It was the guitar that provoked young Bob’s drive to innovate, to improve and solve problems associated with the craft. Building the instrument allowed a means for creative expression and artistry. As his skill and company grew, so did his opportunities.

Taylor has become something of a legend among the guitar world, and as the rep said last night, he is a genuine guy that has provided inspiration to so many. He is now leading the way in conservation and preservation of the natural resources that go into making his distinct instruments. It doesn’t stop with making a guitar, but continually embracing the many facets that surround it.

I find myself wondering what my life would look like had I gotten started in food at an early age like Bob did, but therein lies the myth I think so many of us are lured into believing. I may not be the chef I am today without the experiences that led me to this point. Who’s to say that if I went to culinary school that my food would be any better? Maybe I would be getting out of the business instead of finding my unique place within it.

I count myself fortunate that I have a job that looks toward a blue sky.

On baking bread and building guitars

4 thoughts on “On baking bread and building guitars

  • October 24, 2008 at 1:25 pm
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    Kevin, Nice post to read on a Friday. It’s interesting to think about what direction your career would have gone if you had started in food at a younger age. I have a feeling that your experiences have had a profound influence on your business development. I’ve also been to the Taylor road show, but have been a Gibson player for about 30 years.

  • November 23, 2008 at 9:13 pm
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    This is great- I was looking for your website and found the blog insead- I had the chance to visit the bread & cup a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. The tomato curry soup is amazing. I'm also a Taylor owner and enjoyed reading your thoughs. Good luck and continued success!

  • December 26, 2008 at 10:10 pm
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    Who knows what dish you would be serving today if you had started at a young age. Great story by the way. What model Taylor do you have? Send me an email when you get a chance. – Ryan (check profile)

  • December 26, 2008 at 10:10 pm
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    Who knows what dish you would be serving today if you had started at a young age. Great story by the way. What model Taylor do you have? Send me an email when you get a chance. – Ryan (check profile)

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