I hold an advanced degree in fine arts and an MFA in painting. When I decided to learn to build acoustic guitars I thought it was a way to roll my love for art, music, and woodworking into one. I started building guitars with Dave Nichols fifteen years ago after having worked on electric guitars for a while. I have always been interested in ecology and decided I wanted to use domestic woods in my work. Greenman guitars was born out of that ideal.
Greenman guitars are built with sustainable domestic woods and are built in traditional style, sizes, and shapes. My mission is to build heirloom quality guitars that the working artist can afford. I approach my building like I did my painting each guitar gets the time it needs to become a fine instrument.
I have spent the majority of my adult life first as a teacher of art and now I’m teaching guitar making. I have been teaching guitar building for nine years and it has allowed me to have a hand in building over 100 guitars with my students. This has given me a lot of experience and helped me refine my craft. Part of my teaching is writing an ongoing article in A.S.I.A’s Guitarmaker magazine. I write the “Fledgling Luthier” article which is geared to the beginning luthier. It is a way for me to give back to the guitar-building community.
Located: Ulster Park, New York USA
Professionally Selling For: 12 Years
Professional Organizations: A.S.I.A. - Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans
Dealers: Jakes Main Street Music, Beacon New York
Studied With: Dave Nichols , D.J. Parsons
Shows: Woodstock Invitational 2017
Instrument Types: Steel String Acoustic