I made guitars - and some strange other instruments
in high school back in 1967. That was back
when resources were much harder to find, and there was just a book
or two in the city library on the topic. My
father let me take over his shop and mess it up.
I played the first 12 string I built throughout college for 10 years
or so until it had a bad accident, and at the time I had no shop to
repair it. It was a long scale oversized lute shaped guitar with a
one-piece mahogany top and a composite lute shaped back.
Years passed and my old interest reverted to simple repairs and set
ups, while I did not have the facilities and, as I later learned,
the sophistication to make the fine
instruments I make today. I
pursued a career as a designer, contractor, builder, and artist,
and then I met my generous friend Tom Johnson,
a nuclear plant engineer and exceptionally fine craftsman, who had
been building fine guitars for years. I spent around six years
shadowing this creative and talented builder. I often occupied his
workbench with my own projects, and did the
cleaning, interfering, and interrogating, with
every extra hour I had. This was my apprenticeship.
Time and treasure and many guitars
later, I’ve retired to my full time passion, making and repairing
fine guitars. When I need a break I play them and write songs.
I’m a lucky guy.
a long time board member and current president of the Ontario Center
For Performing Arts, a 501C3 folk and acoustic venue on Lake
Ontario. He is an avid musician/songwriter and promoter of the arts
in upstate New York.
Ontario Center for the Performing Arts
North East Regional Folk Alliance
Guild of American Luthiers
Syracuse Guitar League