David Nichols: 3 Time Cancer Survivor


Not only is David a 3 time cancer survivor, but he is also a very talented guitar player, wood worker, and custom pearl inlayer.  Today, he works out of his shop in Malone, NY doing pearl inlays for Martin Guitar and local musicians, while enjoying time with his wife. 

 

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About David Nichols

From a very young age, I have always had a knack for woodworking.   In part because I was raised by a father who always had a woodshop for boat building and woodcarving.   In high school shop class, I spent a lot of time researching how to build my first guitar.  I surprised my teacher and myself when the guitar was done because it was totally playable. This was the  catalyst for building more stringed instruments down the road. 
 
Today, I work out of my shop in Malone New York as a custom pearl inlayer for Martin Guitars and local musicians.  I still rebuild and repair stringed instruments and play in a bluegrass outfit every weekend in the summer. 
 
I have had the privilege of has doing work for a variety of musicians ranging from country artists to 80s rockers.   Examples include Del McCoury, David Grisman, Johnny Cash, Aerosmith, and even ZZ Top.  I still treasure a letter Johnny Cash sent to me saying how proud he was to own his fancy Martin guitar which I did the inlay work on.  The guitar was painted black with a tree of life inlaid on the fingerboard and his signature in the peg-head.  Of the eighties rockers, I have built a series of guitars for ZZ Top and an Aerosmith guitar which had Spiderman inlaid in it and was used in the movie of the same name.
 
Recently, Martin put out a series of Merle Haggard signature models that I also did the inlay for for.  Haggard bought fifteen of them and gave them to his friends—the likes of Willie Nelson and Norm Hamlett.
 
I am also a 3 time cancer survivor. I enjoy life to its fullest and live every day with a smile.
 
Life Is Good! 
 
 

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