MUST Create

Founded on the idea that objects can inspire, MUST Create is a collection of objects created on a quest to become a craftsman. The goal being to learn, create, share, inspire and in the end support the journey through the sale of handmade products. Products that are created with purpose, care, and of a quality to last lifetimes.  In the end it isn't about creating beautiful things, it's about creating experiences and memories that are cherished and passed on for generations and generations.

MUST  | Instruments - Handcrafted guitars and instruments for sale or commission.
MUST Create  | Studio - Objects created while learning techniques, honing craft and offered for sale.

But why MUST? Well because I must create. I have always been building, making and fixing ever since I was a kid. Street games, tree houses, BMX courses, slingshots and I'm sure this is what led me to art school (Cleveland Institute of Art) and eventually a designer at Balance Innovation and Design in Cleveland Ohio. As a professional I do more but less with my hands I had to create an outlet. And well I go back to making, a shop amassed and now is is my attempt to take it seriously. 

My focus has been on acoustic instruments for the past ten years and will continue to be my primary focus. Although, like many creative individuals, focus is a moving target and MUST Create has been designed to allow flexibility in material and technique. Case in point, I have recently begun collecting and restoring metal working machines and plan to release products, in small editions, that incorporate techniques on milling machines and lathes learned while working side by side with my father, a retired journeyman pattern maker who experienced, and thrived, during the transition from manual machines to CNC technology. I also have plans for stitch and sewn products that are heavily influenced by mother who is a master with fabric, accomplished jewelry maker and keen photographer. She's a trained reference librarian and now runs an innovation center with 3D printers, CNC routers, vinyl cutters and large format printers. I use many of my grandfathers' and great grandfathers' tools and can only imagine what the other machines in my shop have made before me. 

Selfishly, I have been creating opportunities to learn what I can from those who came before in hopes to pass them on to those after. If only through the products I make and the stories they tell. 

Thank you for stopping by, 
_Mike Tracz


Hit Me Up!

I'd love to work with you to create something special. Send me a note if you are interested in owning / creating a one of a kind instrument or for more information on accessory products available. I look forward to hearing from you.  

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