- Associated Press - Sunday, February 16, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Dentist by day, musician by night - the two may sound like an unlikely combination, but they make perfect sense for a Frankfort dentist who has a love for the arts.

Will Renshaw, who practices at Drs. Renshaw, Wix and Associates, has been in music longer than he’s been a dentist.

In fact, his musical interests actually helped him pay his way through dental school at the University of Kentucky.

A guitar player, Renshaw played gigs on nights and weekends while in dental school to support his education. He was also a member of the UK Jazz band.

Today, he continues to play with several bands sporadically around Frankfort, playing a variety of styles, including his favorite, jazz.

Renshaw’s musical life and his work as a dentist, he said, are like living in two different worlds.

“I kind of love that,” he said

Many patients know about Renshaw’s musical life and that’s often a conversation point, but not all patients are aware of his musical talent.

Renshaw said the pressure is on when he does local performances where patients and people he knows are in attendance, saying it can be scary.

“I wouldn’t have it any other way,” he said.

He recalled a time he was playing at the Old Capitol for a “sea of people,” and though it was intimidating, he had a blast.

“This has to be the greatest feeling ever,” he remembered.

But Renshaw’s musical interests go further than playing the guitar; he also handcrafts guitars in his spare time at his home and does instrument repairs for musicians.

The work he does to construct the guitars is extremely tedious, much like his work as a dentist, which he said has been very helpful for this craft.

There are several small pieces that go into the finished product of a guitar. He has to individually cut each piece of wood, tiny pieces have to be glued together and the pearl designs and frets Renshaw places on his instruments are difficult to handle, even with a dental background.

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