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 that time, 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 creative energy to burn, 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 nylon string 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 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.
I now live in beautiful Washington state, in the foothills of the mountains between the United States and Canada, where I build a small number of guitars a year. I am a lover of music and a student of classical piano and partimento. When I am not in the shop, I am making music or walking with my dog in the woods and talking to the trees.
You might know me as Chace, or remember my guitars as Chace Miller Guitars.
I have changed my name to Alma Lorien, and Chace Miller Guitars are now Peacewalker Guitars.
I realized I needed a name that would give me the best energetic support to be the human I am/becoming for the rest of my life.
Perhaps it may seem a little strange. But maybe you've noticed...life's a little strange.
What a long, strange trip it's been.