MY APPROACH TO BUILDING
A guitar is many things. It’s a part of a once-living, breathing, standing tree. It is a tool for a musician, the vessel through which they may bring out their own heart song. And for me, it is a thing of beauty, an object of my own creation, an homage to the great transcendent beauty that exists despite the darkness, in our world and in every one of us.
I believe in the sentience of all things. The trees, the mountains, the wind and even the rocks, all have their own kind of consciousness. Likewise, I believe every guitar that exists because of my hands has its own consciousness- its own life force, its own being-ness beyond the limits of the physical sum of its parts- because it has been infused with my own.
I treat each guitar as a meditation. I consider each moment I spend with a guitar in my shop to be an opportunity to practice being present: to be present in life and in this world, as a lifelong practice, and also to be present with the guitar, so I can hear what it needs, what the materials are saying. No two pieces of woods are exactly the same, nor can two guitars be exactly alike. The work requires careful listening, and listening requires stillness. Guitar-making is tactile, logical, and intuitive. Each of these senses are necessary to create a successful instrument, and for me, the process of building is a dance that continuously weaves between all three.
Using both traditional and modern techniques and the finest of materials, my intention is to create a guitar that is both highly responsive and extremely comfortable: an instrument that sings, and inspires its musician to pick it up and play. Every guitar that is born out of my shop has been loved from its conception, and it is my hope for all of my guitars to continue to be loved and cherished, and to inspire musicians to make their music, whatever it may be.