I'd like to introduce you to Cory Scanlon. Although I've never met Cory in real life, we've spoken a number of times online. Cory builds high-end pedalboards out of recycled wood for musicians, and they are absolutely stunning. I've owned one of his boards for a few years now, and it's a piece of gear that I'm extremely proud to own. You can check out his work here.
(Editor's Note: A pedalboard is a board that holds guitar pedals, and those pedals allow you to change the sound of your guitar's tone in various different ways.)
In addition to building pedalboards, Cory is a great musician, and just an all-around good guy. I love to meet people who work full-time, have families, and are still grinding to do what they love to do on the side. Cory is a perfect example of that, and I've really enjoyed every interaction I've had with him. He was gracious enough to answer my questions, and I'm honored to feature him as this week's fascinating person.
Q: Where are you from, and how has it shaped you?
I was born and raised in a small town in upstate NY. I think in some ways it's had a positive effect, and some ways a negative effect. When you grow up in a small town, you sort of have those small town values. You look out for your neighbor, you have pride in your community, you support local businesses. I think the negative would be that opportunities have been lessened...maybe my full potential hasn't been reached; from a career standpoint.
Q: Where do you currently live?
Little Falls, NY
Q: What do you do for a living?
I create and build products for musicians. My medium is reclaimed wood.
Q: If money wasn’t an issue, what would you be doing?
I would be playing A LOT of guitar and traveling our great country and abroad with my family.
Q: What are some things that inspire/motivate you?
Beauty in nature. Fine musicians. People who tell me “it can't be done.” My wife, she constantly supports and encourages me.
Q: What frustrations/struggles do you find yourself dealing with regularly?Time...is incredibly fleeting! I don't feel I have enough time to do the things that need to be done, and have time for the things I want to do. Life balance seems to always be an issue.
Q: Tell me about a defining moment you’ve had at some point in your life.
Having my two boys changed me for life. They are my heartbeat. I love watching them experiencing and learning new things. They are so smart! Starting Recycled Pedalboards was a high too...I've met so many great and talented individuals. I've been humbled by the interest in what I create.
Q: What are some of your goals for the next 10 years?
Make more money, to be comfortable financially. I want to improve tremendously on the guitar. Travel much more. Acquire some vintage guitar gear!
Q: Tell me about some of your favorite things and why? (specific art, books, music, activities, etc.)
Playing guitar is a spiritual thing for me...I love it so much. I love collecting guitar gear and trying new effects...exploring sounds. I enjoy reading musician's biographies, former President's biographies, Irish History, and inspirational/motivational books. I enjoy trying new restaurants and returning to great ones. Netflix and chill.
Q: Life motto?
Be at peace, enrich your soul, and always move forward.
Q: Anything you want to promote or advertise?
Recycled Pedalboards! (www.recycledpedalboards.com)
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