Bushmills Irish Whiskey® Partners With Lowden® to Create Handcrafted Whiskey Barrel Oak Guitars
BUSHMILLS, Northern Ireland, November 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Bushmills Irish Whiskey, which has been handcrafted on the North Coast of Ireland for
centuries, has partnered with world famous luthier, George Lowden, to create three
special-edition guitars, handmade from barrel-oak used in the whiskey making process.
Bushmills Irish Whiskey and George Lowden Guitars are both world-renowned brands from
Northern Ireland. George and his team have handmade guitars for some of most famous names
in music, including Eric Clapton, Van Morrison and The Edge.
The guitars were presented to singer-songwriter Foy Vance and other artists as a
thank-you for their participation in Bushmills Live, the handcrafted whiskey and music
festival which took place at the Old Bushmills Distillery in June 2012, headlined by Snow
The guitar-making process took more than three months. Each barrel stave had to be
carefully sanded by hand then painstakingly glued together to create panels which were
then hand-cut by George Lowden to guitar templates he has been using for almost 40 years.
Finally, the team at Lowden assembled the guitars, incorporating the whiskey barrel
oak into traditional Lowden body designs.
George Lowden said: “Making any guitar by hand is highly challenging but it was an
enormous privilege to work with such special wood and it took us a considerable amount of
time to create them. However, what we have managed to do is create something quite
special. We were delighted that the musicians were so pleased with them.”
Bushmills Master Distiller, Colum Egan, said: “To see barrels that have housed our
whiskey being used in this way is remarkable. Their creation celebrates the handcrafted
qualities at the heart of both Bushmills and Lowden Guitars and I want to thank George and
his team for making them.”
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