After approaching companies to contribute materials, Steven found people were impressed with his positive attitude and supportive of the project. He had all the high-quality wood of the guitar donated and with a little help from his music technology tutors at South Thames College he spent a total of 127 hours crafting the instrument, even attending college in his spare time. The hard work paid off when the eBay auction was won with a final bid of £510.
Steven explained: "I couldn't believe it when I saw the bid had reached £500. I thought if it sold for £300 I'd be happy, I never dreamed it would reach as much as it did. It just goes to show how generous people are when it comes to a good cause."
Steven has shown a real flair for the craft, despite having only studied the part-time course for a year. Following a severe spinal injury which forced him to give up his job as a carpenter, he decided to embark on a new direction.
He continued: "Carpentry was all I knew, so I had two choices: sit and waste away, or get up and do something. I have an inquisitive mind, I love puzzles and problem solving, and that's what a lot of this is. Working out what works well, what doesn't, if there's a problem, how to go about fixing it, and of course the gratification at having actually built your own instrument."