Just when I thought I’d seen it all, a friend of the store, Mike Black, stopped by and showed us his very cool piccolo mandolin (tuned an octave higher than a mandola) – made for his son James. While it may be a while before 3 month old baby James is able to pick this up, he’ll know it’s his when he does, as his name is beautifully inlaid and his birthdate is on the headstock. Black, a mando maker and enthusiast, said he was at Winfield last year when a friend jokingly asked if he’d be making a piccolo mando for his son – not yet born at the time. Black replied no, but a few weeks before James was born he thought, “Hey, I think I will.” He had some scrap wood lying around – Red Spruce for the top and some Sugar/curly Maple for the back and sides. Black learned to make mandos with Summit mandolins’ Phil Schneider when he was centered in Mulvane, Kansas and clearly knows what he’s doing. Thanks for letting us check it out Mike!