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 channel through which their music can flow into this world. And for me, a guitar is a thing of beauty, a manifestation of my own creative energy, an homage to the great transcendent beauty that exists eternally in our world and beyond, and in every one of us.
I believe in the consciousness of all things- the trees, the wind, the forest, the river and the rocks. I also believe every guitar that exists by my hands has its own sort of consciousness- a spirit, a being-ness beyond the limits of the physical sum of its parts that 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 be present: Presence as a lifelong practice, as well as a means by which to hear what the materials need. 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.
With a foundation rooted in tradition as well as modern innovation and theory, my compass is aimed always toward maximum responsiveness and playability: to build guitars that sing, and inspire their people to play and create.