Some things about me.
I remember the moment that I fell in love with the steel string guitar. It was a summer night, I was around 10 years old, and I was dining with my family at an outdoor restaurant, where a musician was playing the sweetest fingerstyle melodies. I knew right then that I would have to learn to play this instrument. Since then, music and guitar have been my refuge, my happy place, and the river that has carved the path of my life.
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" with a lot of creative energy, 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 luthiery 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 study and work with steel string builder Ervin Somogyi. For six months I was an apprentice in his shop, under the kind and masterful guidance of the Great White Whale of American luthiery, Chris Moritmoto. There are others who have offered invaluable help and learning along the way in my luthiery journey, to whom I am also grateful: Steve Sauve, Grit Laskin, Gil Carnal, to name a few.
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.
Hey! Did you change your name (again)??
Yes! you may have noticed some changes lately on my site. Chace Miller Guitars is now Peacewalker Guitars, and my name is now Alma Lorien.
It has been made clear to me for a few years now that I needed to change my name to one that will best support me energetically in being the human I want to be for the rest of my life. Here's the thing: I have based great importance for finding my new name on it being as close as possible in numerology to my birth name. A year ago, I found a name that came quite close, so I thought it must be the one. But I always knew that if I found a name that was identical, then I would know that it was the right name for me. Well, Alma Lorien came to me almost out of the blue, and guess what! Incredibly, it matches in all numerology aspects. So, there you go: that's the short answer of why I've changed my name, and how I came to the name I chose. Plus, I LOVE that the meaning of Alma is soul because I am soul. (And so are you.)
Peacewalker is a name that came to my dear friend in meditation and was given to me when I was looking for a name to use for my self. Though I am not going to use it as my personal name, I am keeping it for my guitars.