Dockyard Guitars – George Parfitt

Dockyard Guitars - George Parfitt Cigar Box Guitar on display in an Art Gallery
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A Winston Churchill Memorial Trust award is a boost for this young luthier from South West Wales.

Creating electric guitars from recycled or salvaged materials, George Parfitt is founder of Dockyard Guitars in Pembroke Dock.  The award will enable him to explore the cultural Cigar Box Guitar Movement in U.S.A.

I first met George Parfitt sitting cross-legged on the grass in front of his tent at the 2016, ‘Unearthed In A Field’ festival. He was surrounded by a range of his cigar box guitars.

I next saw George before he dashed of to Europe for a couple of months in autumn last year. Here, I catch up with him again with some of his backstory from that interview and exciting news of his forthcoming pilgrimmage to take in the Cigar Box Guitar revolution in America.

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Murmurations at Hayscastle

photograph of Starling murmurations in Pembrokeshire

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It strikes me that as we go about earning our daily bread, it’s so easy to miss the beauty of wildlife that abounds around us.

Perhaps we are aware of the starlings gathering as they do distract us periodically. These birds seem busier than us at this time of year. I’ve taken my eyes off the road more than once in the last couple of weeks, as they swirl so closely overhead. So, we made some time to get out amongst it.

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Coasteering

Coasteering off Abereiddi

One of the top ten things to do in Pembrokeshire

The first time I heard the term ‘Coasteering’, I took a guess that it would be like orienteering but focused around the coast.

Alright, I thought, trying to navigate our way along a stretch of the Pembrokeshire National Park coastal path would get us out in the fresh air. Now, walking along the coast path is a fairly straight forward activity so what could all the excitement be about; my son, Oliver was keen to find out 🙂

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