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 its musician, the vessel through which they may bring out their own heart song. And for me, it is a thing of beauty, a manifestation of my own creative energy, an homage to the great transcendent beauty that, though sometimes obscured by darkness, exists eternally in our world and in every one of us.
I believe all things -the trees, the mountains, the wind and even the rocks- all have a consciousness. I also believe every guitar that exists because of my hands has its own kind of consciousness- a life force, 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 practice being present- in general as a lifelong practice, and also so I can hear what it needs, what the materials are saying. 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 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 play and create. 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.