When I was around ten years old, I fell in love with the sound of finger-style playing on a steel string guitar. The moment struck me profoundly, and I knew then that I would have to learn to play this instrument. For many years, music and guitar were my refuge, and both continue to shape my life today.
In 2009 while at university, I picked up a kit guitar from the Martin Factory in Pennsylvania. Since I was young, I had always been a "maker," and was enthralled with the idea of building myself a guitar to play. That first kit guitar ignited the spark for a lifelong passion, and by the time the project was finished I was determined to learn how to build a better guitar.
My passion for lutherie led me to my teacher, classical guitar builder Greg Brandt. I spent five years in Los Angeles as an apprentice in Greg's shop building classical guitars. I am forever grateful to Greg for the generosity of his time, knowledge, wisdom, and friendship.
In 2015, I left Los Angeles to go to Oakland, CA, to work with steel string builder Ervin Somogyi. There, I studied and worked as an apprentice in his shop for six months, under the kind and masterful guidance of the "Great White Whale" of American luthiery, Chris Moritmoto.
I now live in beautiful Washington state, in the foothills of the mountains between the United Stated and Canada. I build a small number of guitars a year. When I am not building, I am making music or walking with my dog in the woods, and talking to the trees.