We are proud to announce that Jay and his beautiful instruments have been chosen from among hundreds of craftsman and artisans, as the overall winner of the Made in the South Awards, 2010. Our very favorite magazine of all time, Garden & Gun, began the awards program this year as a way of recognizing Southern artisans and entrepreneurs whose work reflects integrity, character and, as Editor in Chief Sid Evans writes, ”a sense of style that can only be described as Southern.”
Lichty Guitars – Winner of the Made in the South Awards, Garden & Gun magazine, photo by Brian Woodcock, courtesy Garden and Gun
The journey that led to this incredible honor began early last summer when we were fortunate to have the opportunity to stop by and visit with the staff at the Garden & Gun office in Charleston. We received a warm welcome and an enthusiastic response to Jay’s instruments. (Though they may be shy to admit it, there is some serious guitar-pickin’ talent in that office!)
Read Guitar Dreams – a May Garden and Gun newsletter feature on Lichty Guitars
At that time we learned about the Made in the South Awards and entered. A couple of months past and we received a notice that we were in the running and that photographer Terry Manier would be coming out to shoot Jay at work in the shop. Terry knows how to get great shot after great shot and it was a really fun day.
Image of Jay Lichty, courtesy Garden & Gun and taken by Terry Manier
Next, we were asked to take a few instruments down to Atlanta to be shot in the studio. Brian Woodcock’s image (above) of the Koa Ukulele is stunning!
All the while we were pleased that Lichty Guitars was a finalist, never imagining more.
Then, just a few weeks ago, the phone rang and Sid Evans shared the news that Lichty Guitars was not just a finalist, but was the overall winner of the Made in the South Awards!
As we’ve learned about all the other winners of this year’s awards, we are truly honored and humbled. We invite you read about each and every one. There is a great story and there are truly unique products that shine through with each winner.
You can read about the awards program and the story on Lichty Guitars online at the Garden & Gun newsletter or by picking up your copy today. Better yet, get a subscription and enjoy month after month of one of the best publications (Southern or other) on the market.
Garden & Gun magazine feature on the Made in the South Awards, along with the fall issue of Sotheby’s Reside Magazine featuring Lichty Guitars