Dowina Pure dreadnoughts are a collaborative project between Dowina guitars and Richards Guitars.
I have to thank Erika & her wonderful designers who helped me turn my dream project into reality.
My desire was to produce a guitar for my customers that was truly special. Something that had such greater meaning that just being an instrument - if that person so wished it to.
The Dowina Pure is the result!
For some it may simply represent a beautiful earthy & natural acoustic guitar. Beautiful but understated - Utilising all solid woods and the incredible artistry of the Dowina workshop.
For those who want to understand the greater symbolism its all there too.
Anyone impacted by mental health issues may have heard of mindfulness (and if you haven't - PLEASE start learning about it)
Its a practice that is ALL so important to understand.
Stress in our lives is all so often caused by regret/guilt (looking back) or fear (looking forward) yet if we can be "in the moment" we are neither looking back or forward but merely present.
If we can all live to be "in the moment" our lives would be so less stressful - and I am hoping this guitar is the perfect "instrument" (pardon the pun!) to help you find that moment. Playing the guitar is the ultimate tool for mindfulness. For finding time for yourself - to take you away from the past or future by focusing your mind on the pleasure of music - and the positivity that is gained from building a skill that you can be proud of - and bring such joy to those around you.
If you take a look at the soundhole you will see it is more than just decoration - but a reminder of some of the great mindfulness symbolisms.
The Mindful Clock Face- I see this as a representation of our lives & a reminder to be mindful
This symbol represents life itself. Our journey on Earth starts with our first breath. Breath is the mechanism we take through our lives from birth to death. Breath is your friend. Focus on your breath for calmness and tranquillity
A classic mindfulness image representing the mirrored droplet and the ripples coming from it When mirrored in this way the droplets represent past and future with the ripples representing your impact on everything around you. A reminder that your actions may not only influence you and your future but those around you too. I would like to think this image is saying "yep - I'm picking this guitar up today - its going to make me feel good and will bring joy to others too (when I have learnt this damn chord I am trying to master!!)
The "unalome" is a buddhist symbol to represent the path to enlightenment but can be simply looked upon as your lifes journey. Someone suggesting looking at it as a reminder you that your lifes path may go in many directions and often in a completely different direction to where you thought you were going!
Then of course back to the end of our journey at 12 o'clock - our final breath.
This guitar is basically reminding me - and I hope you - every time I pick it up - that life is for living. To try not to dwell on what I cannot control - the past or the future. Live in the moment and embrace each moment. To try and make positive choices that will impact positively on me and those around me.
Its also a guitar that I will hope to inspire positive conversation about mental health issues - maybe someone will ask you about the design and maybe you will read a little more about the symbols - or mindfulness itself.
If nothing else... its just a beautiful hand made acoustic guitar - produced with love and a desire that someone will play it - and love it too.