A St. Augustine company is taking its leftover wood waste and creating guitars to be donated to sick children worldwide.
Rulon International manufactures wood ceilings and acoustic wood walls for clients across the globe.
President and CEO Wayne Robison got the idea to create tiny guitars from a man in Texas who was doing the same thing on a smaller scale. Robison realized he has a factory filled with scrap wood. He took the idea and ran with it. That Texas man now works with the company. Word of mouth from his extensive clientele helped the project grow.
Robison transforms the company's scraps into creativity.
“We’re taking wood that would have been waste and grounded to sawdust and using that to produce something that provides inspiration,” Robison said.
The project started in 2015 and their goal is to donate 10,000 guitars. So far the company has donated more than 5,000 guitars to sick kids and orphanages.
Rulon International has a separate machine dedicated to cutting the face of the guitars and other parts. It only takes 10 minutes to create an entire guitar.
People can place their orders to take to hospitals depending on the number of guitars they want if they want them plain for children or volunteers to decorate, or already decorated.
The child's "imagination is so creative in decorating them," Robison said.
Robison adds that everyone who works for the company is proud knowing they are bringing comfort, hope and enjoyment to young kids who on most days feel very little of that.
If you'd like to volunteer to create or decorate guitars or know a hospital interested in receiving a donation, you can contact Rulon International at 904-584-1400.