A new book and museum exhibition celebrate the work of North Carolina luthier Freeman Vines. His handmade guitars are crafted from found materials and hunks of old wood, including some from a tree once used for a lynching.
"There was something about that wood that was mental, spiritual," Vines says.
It made him uneasy working with the black walnut – acquired from an elderly white man, something that had likely been passed down as a memento.
"Working with that wood was a spiritual thing," he says. "Not good, not bad, and not ugly. But just strange."