The sound of the classical and flamenco guitar first got me hooked. Listening to the recordings of Alirio Diaz, Julian Bream and Paco de Lucia as a teenager made a lasting impression. In my twenties I fell in love again with the guitar, this time acoustic steel string played by the extraordinary artist Michael Hedges. I have had the privilege of attending concerts given by many of these and other virtuosos over the years. I dreamed of making an instrument worthy of their consideration. And so it began.
My educational background includes studies in engineering (University of Windsor), music (Western Conservatory), art, furniture design and fine woodworking (Sheridan College). This mix all comes together in guitar making that has been my focus since the turn of the millennium.
Our home and studio are located in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. This is my 4th shop space since graduating from the renowned Crafts and Design program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario in 1990 under the direction of Donald Lloyd McKinley.
Always eager to expand my knowledge, in November 2013 I had the opportunity to study ‘The Principles and Practice of Voicing the Guitar’ with master luthier Ervin Somogyi in Oakland, California. This, along with years of my own research and development combine to form my current construction approach.
I strive to create a high functioning musical instrument, using the best materials available and in a manner honouring fine craftsmanship. Equally important to me is holistically combining these attributes into a design that is original and visually compelling. I work alone in all aspects of the building process, and find it personally rewarding taking an idea from conception to completion, proud to say it was accomplished using my mind with my hand.
MUSIC STAND Lacquer finish on laminated wood, stainless steel 1989