A bit about myself
over twenty years I have been fascinated by the guitar as both a
vehicle for expression and as a beautiful physical object. Having had a
lifelong leaning toward building things with intricate detail, I became
more and more intrigued with the structure of the guitar. Attending
Sergei DeJonge’s guitar making course in Chelsea, QC was a galvanizing
experience and despite the long hours spent working late into the night,
I always looked forward to returning to the shop in the morning. I
found this work entirely captivating and decided that I would have to
pursue it full time.
Today I am proud to continue the tradition
of Canadian guitarmaking in my hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. I begin
by consulting with the customer regarding playing style, relevant
dimensions and the desired tonal response. Then I select from the best
materials available, and craft the instrument myself from start to
finish using hand and power tools. Each guitar is then French Polished,
a centuries-old tradition of applying a shellac solution by hand using a
fabric pad. I use the French Polish method as it is non-toxic,
non-polluting, and it creates a beautiful, lustrous finish that is
physically thin and thus, is arguably acoustically superior.
grateful to the generous guitar builders who have preceded me and have
been willing to share their knowledge. Specifically I want to thank
Grit Laskin and Serge DeJonge for pioneering the use of side soundholes
which is a feature I love and use regularly.
Peruse this site to
get a feel for my work, and begin to consider how you might relate to an
instrument that is handmade especially for you.
28 Mountain Ave