Hoff introduced himself, told me he had recently published a book about his 300+ harmonica case collection, and asked if I would be interested in creating one for him. He has a real passion for the harmonica and has commissioned harmonica cases from many artists from different parts of the country, as well as outside of the USA. He travels to arts festivals, checks out the work, and when he finds a piece that speaks to him he pulls out a “Design Guidelines” sheet that he explains. He also brings along harmonicas to hand out, so you go back to your studio knowing exactly what size the case needs to be.
Included on the sheet is “Rule #1 – There is NO rush.” Good thing… it took me 5 months. I wanted him to be happy with it so badly that I worried, and fretted, and obsessed (I hear my husband in my head saying, "What? Not you!?", followed by that cute eye roll thing he does that makes me laugh).
I finally finished it this weekend. I like it; and despite the obsessing, I enjoyed working on it. It made me think about my grandfather who loved singing and playing the harmonica. It also made me happy that an interesting man with an artist's soul liked my work enough to ask me to create a piece for him. A healthy sense of validation is not my strong suit, so “Hoff, the Harmonica Case Man” made my day last September.
If you are interested in taking a look at Hoff’s collection, here is a You Tube video link that shows some of his pieces… and a lot of his personality. :-)