At this point, it feels as though I must build guitars!
I’ve been around them almost all of my life —listening to them, studying how to play them, playing them, as well as examining the instruments themselves. I first tried my hand at building back in 2011, when I’d commissioned a guitar from then-luthier Marcus Chatfield, who invited me to come to his shop and join in on the process. After shaping the neck of and applying the final finish to that one, I was hooked!
Several years later, after having taken in various types of repairs, I decided it was time to launch into building my first guitar. That was six guitars ago, and I am going strong these days, with new designs planned, drawn-up, and waiting to come to life.
My current focus, however, is developing the soundhole cutaway design of my Gestalt Model. I thoroughly enjoy the process of handling and incorporating every part of an instrument toward the end that it will be the best that it can be. Much slow, careful, and strategic thought goes into angles, shapes, radii, and other details big and small so that the musician doesn’t have to think about these things while playing one of my guitars.
This is my passion, and this is my art!
Located: Columbia, South Carolina United States
Professionally Selling: Since September 2018
Professional Organizations: The Guild of American Luthiers
Studied With: Marcus Chatfield , Eric Shaeffer , Tom Bills