As a child in the sixties, I remember hearing music that opened a whole new dimension of expression. Bands like Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix and Crosby Stills Nash and Young. This attraction has led me to work with music for much of my life. In college, I studied broadcasting and I worked as a DJ for a radio station. After college, I worked in a machine shop by day and in the evening as a DJ at a nightclub. In 1986 I moved to Ohio to attend school at the Recording Workshop studying sound engineering. After graduating I moved to Minneapolis and worked as a music buyer for a record store called The Electric Fetus. I formed a band in 1988 and began modifying guitars for myself and others, trying to make guitars sound and play better. In 1992 I enrolled in the cabinetmaking program at Minnesota State College Minneapolis Technical. Soon after that, I worked as a professional craftsman at a custom cabinet shop. I was there for over twenty years. During that time we worked on the homes of some of the most prominent families in the state. In 2004 I enrolled in the guitar building and repair program at Southeast Technical College in Red Wing, Minnesota. Looking back it seems that all of the experiences of the past were helpful steps for me to becoming a Luthier. It really has combined my skills as a woodworker with a passion for music, and the science and art that I learned from my parents. In 2015 I began teaching guitar making at Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing MN.
My goal is to create instruments that are beautiful, have amazing sound quality, and are a joy to play. I enjoy the diversity of the guitar family which is why I make a variety of instruments. From historic designs to guitars with modern features, each has its strengths and purpose. When it comes to guitar construction you could say I am a traditionalist in some ways. I use hot hide glue because it is acoustically transparent. It dries very hard, allowing vibrations to transfer cleanly. I am also pushing guitar design to a new level by adding elements that add comfort, versatility, and increase sound quality.
Located: Minneapolis, MN United States
Professionally Selling: Since 2004
Dealers: Guitar Gallery , Fret Central , Vig Guitars , Crow River Guitar
Studied With: David Vincent , Brian Boedigheimer , Mark Lindstrom
Shows: The Healdsburg Guitar Festival 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 , The Newport Guitar Show 2006, 2008, 2010 , The Woodstock Luthiers Showcase 2011, 2012, 2014 , The Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration 2016 , The Memphis Guitar Show 2015 , The Montreal Guitar Show 2010 , The Chicago Guitar Show 2012 , The Colorado Guitar Show 2018, 2019 , The Wilson Center Guitar Festival 2017, 2018, 2019 , The Art of the Guitar Exhibit 2009
Artists: Tim Sparks , Casey Smithley , Sam Breckenridge , Dan Schwartz , Nolan James
Instrument Types: Steel String Acoustic , Archtop Guitar , Electric Guitar , Ukulele , Mandolin