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The Joy of a Never-Ending Search for Hobbies

Jan 21, 2016 | 509 videos
Video by Upland Film Co.

Manny Avalos is a self-proclaimed Renaissance man with a wide variety of skills and interests. After repairing a broken guitar for a friend, he was intrigued by the craftsmanship and detail that went into making one. Now, at 89 years old, Avalos works out of his shed everyday, crafting custom guitars from scratch. "It becomes boring, when suddenly everything is finished," he says in this charming short documentary by Upland Film Co. "There’s a great joy in knowing that perhaps you have enough time to get to these things, to learn them."

To see more work by the filmmakers, visit their website and Instagram. We’ve previously featured their endearing short film about an 83-year-old bowling enthusiast.

Author: Nadine Ajaka

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