The story of the development of Tukhemin is interesting, because it begins with a situation that will resonate with a great number of players. First, we have a number of instruments. Second, even though we have a wall lined with the gizmos that allow instruments to hang by their necks, and we have lots of guitar stands of various descriptions, we did not always use these things. Guitars were scattered around and some were put away, never to see the light of day. Well, this was not ideal. We sought a solution but did not find one in the market.

So we began to try to put together a solution, one that would keep multiple guitars together with their cases but allow a person to move guitars into and out of their cases quickly and easily. We knew that we needed to tip the cases back in order to keep the guitars in their cases when the cases were open. But we also knew that we didn’t want to tip the cases too far back, because we wanted a compact solution. Then we learned that if we simultaneously rotated the cases, the cases could stay open once the player opened them. That is, the lid would not come crashing down on the top of the guitar when moving the guitar out of the case. It turned out that the critical angle to tip guitars back, approximately 18 degrees, was the same angle that the case should be rotated. Again, we wanted the minimum rotation to maximize the compactness of the design.

If you have multiple guitars leaning backwards, the fundamental structure is that of a pyramid. If you have guitars rotated clockwise, then the top of the pyramid must have arms that extend to the right as you look at the side of the pyramid. As a result of the pyramidal form, there are a lot of compound angles, but this is accomplished by making jigs for cutting and for drilling. So a pyramid with four arms is the fundamental design of Tukhemin. There is more to it, however.

We had to figure out how to make the structure adjust to cases of various sizes, and that turned out to be not very difficult, although sourcing materials, designing jigs, and finding tools (e.g., a #10 hanger bolt driver) was not a snap. Suggestions arose inside the family as to the possibility of making it mobile and then the possibility of making it fold. Mobility was easy but folding was not so easy.

We have the entire design now. It has been an exercise in “form follows function.” There are no cutesy guitar shapes or non functional sound holes. In fact, the structure of Tukhemin essentially disappears when fully loaded with four guitars. Among our design criteria was to make Tukhemin as unobtrusive as possible. We hope that you like them. Communicate with us to tell us what you think.