I have always enjoyed woodworking. From birdhouses and cutting boards to bowls and guitars. Building something from the ground up is very satisfying. I began woodworking at a young age and started playing bass shortly thereafter. They remained separate for a number of years but then my first bass began to fall apart. I began pulling apart guitars and modifying them. I can't say they all turned out great, or even useable, but it was all part of the continuing education. I attended Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in the fall of 2003. I have been elbow deep in guitars ever since. It is a never ending passion for me and I consider myself lucky to be doing such a thing. Shortly after graduating I began working for Terry C. McInturff. I'm not sure what my job title would have been, perhaps "right hand man". In just over 3 years, I did just about everything there was to do for TCM Guitars at one point or another. I learned a lot from a generous and gifted luthier and I'm thankful for such an experience. While I loved building guitars with Terry, I've been a bass player for most of my life and I have always wanted to build basses. While initially focused on basses, I found myself still building and designing guitars between bass projects, so why fight it?
I set out to build simple and beautiful instruments with designs that respect tradition but don't hesitate to break away and make thoughtful improvements. Aesthetics are definitely part of my process. I draw inspiration from nature and the decorative arts. Furniture, prints, architecture, etc. from Federal to Art Nouveau to Deco and Modern eras. Artists such as Henri van de Velde, The Herter Brothers, and Edvard Munch have always showed me a pretty curve or simply challenged me to make something great.